Education in Indian Country:
Obstacles and Opportunity

Low rates of high school graduation, among other grim educational outcomes, weigh on Indian Country today. In spite of their deep concerns, many Native leaders see a direction for how to improve student achievement and academic prosperity, including through the preservation of tribal cultures and languages.

Education Week Commentary editors partnered with the National Indian Education Association to invite Native leaders to discuss such issues—the collection follows below. Artist Brent Greenwood (Chickasaw/Ponca) contributed illustrations.


Upending an Education Crisis in Indian Country

Early education is a critical step to bridging the achievement gap between Native and non-Native students, writes Jefferson Keel the lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation. (Dec. 3, 2013)


Title VII: A Path to Education Equity

By bringing the local culture of Native students into the public schools they attend, Title VII has been one of the most important programs for reforming education in Indian Country, writes Corey Still, a student board member of the National Indian Education Association. (Dec. 3, 2013)


Common Core From a Tribal Perspective

Judgments Leaders of the Pueblo of Jemez have adapted the common-core standards to make them more culturally appropriate and educationally effective in their community, writes Kevin Shendo, the pueblo's education director.(Dec. 3, 2013)


A Crucial Investment in Indian Higher Ed.

More needs to be done to prepare American Indian students to attend and succeed in college, Fort Lewis College Provost Barbara Morris writes.(Dec. 3, 2013)

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