Indigenous Students

Tatanka Gibson of the Haliwa-Saponi/Nansemond Tribal Nations leads attendees in song and dance during a gathering marking Indigenous Peoples Day at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.
Tatanka Gibson of the Haliwa-Saponi/Nansemond Tribal Nations leads attendees in song and dance during a gathering marking Indigenous Peoples Day at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia.
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Equity & Diversity Census Prompts Push for More Indigenous School Lessons
American Indians and Alaska Natives say census numbers prove that Indigenous history should get more attention in public school classrooms.
Tim Henderson, Stateline.org, October 22, 2021
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Student Well-Being Video ‘I Felt Like I Was in a Hole’: How One Student Managed the Stress of COVID-19
A Navajo student describes how he experienced the stress and anxiety when his school shut down last year.
March 31, 2021
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Quincy Natay, superintendent of the Chinle Unified School District in Arizona.
Quincy Natay, superintendent of the Chinle Unified School District in Arizona.
Steven St. John for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From In Navajo Nation, a Star Superintendent Draws on His Ties to the Community
Quincy Natay grew up in Chinle, Ariz. Now he's increasing student access to laptops and Wi-Fi to maintain growth in learning through the pandemic.
Mark Walsh, February 17, 2021
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Denise Jensen, a teacher at the Navajo Preparatory School, stands for a portrait on a dirt road just outside of Farmington, N.M. on Feb. 1, 2021.
Denise Jensen is a teacher at New Mexico's Navajo Preparatory School, a boarding school for Native American students that has been closed for almost a year. She's been teaching her students remotely since March 2020.
Steven St. John for Education Week
Teaching Profession Audio Sitting on the Roof at Night for Internet: Pandemic Learning in the Navajo Nation
A teacher at a college-prep school for Native American students sees the struggles her students face daily to do their schoolwork from home.
Catherine Gewertz, February 3, 2021
7 min read
Special Education Bureau of Indian Education Shortchanges Students With Disabilities
Inadequate monitoring and a lack of qualified staff left the bureau unable to ensure that thousands of special education students received the services they were due under federal law, a Government Accountability Office reports finds.
Corey Mitchell, June 5, 2020
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Families & the Community Video American Indian Parents Hold Schools to Account on Culture, Curriculum
In Minnesota, the parents of American Indian students work to assure a high level of cultural sensitivity and accuracy in what’s being taught.
Brooke Saias, February 28, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Video From the Pueblo to College: The Journey of Two Rural Students, Chapter 3: ‘A home to come back to’
Rural students don’t go to college in the same numbers that their urban or suburban peers do. And for rural students of color whose families or communities are of limited means, the numbers are even lower. But there are many success stories—and Education Week wanted to tell one.
Erin Irwin, December 20, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion From the Pueblo to College: The Journey of Two Rural Students
What does it take for rural students to succeed academically? This three-part video series follows two Native American students as they transition from high school to higher education and explores what their decisions mean for their families and their Jemez Pueblo community.
December 20, 2019
College & Workforce Readiness Video From the Pueblo to College: The Journey of Two Rural Students, Chapter 1: 'Not giving up on school'
For several months in 2019, Education Week followed two college-bound students—Temeya Gachupin and Justin Madalena—who come from the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico, so that we could tell their personal and academic stories.
Erin Irwin, December 19, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Video From the Pueblo to College: The Journey of Two Rural Students, Chapter 2: ‘I’m going to miss her’
For students who choose to go to college, where they come from can be a big predictor of their ability to succeed in higher education. Rural students don’t go to college in the same numbers that their urban or suburban peers do. And for rural students of color whose families or communities are of limited means, the numbers are even lower. But there are many success stories—and Education Week wanted to tell one.
Erin Irwin, December 19, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Interactive Alaska: A Brief History of the State and Its Schools
Alaskan schooling developed on many fronts. An illustrated timeline adds historical context for the growth of the state's education system.
Sasha Jones & Elizabeth Rich, July 19, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Many Native American Students Don't Learn About Their Languages and Cultures in School
Students at Bureau of Indian Education schools were more likely to report being exposed to Native languages and culture when compared to their peers attending traditional public schools.
Corey Mitchell, May 8, 2019
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Professional Development Opinion Response: Focusing on the Assets of Native American Students
Timothy San Pedro, Alayna Eagle Shield and Amanda Holmes wrap-up a three-part series on Native American education.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 24, 2019
15 min read
Professional Development Opinion Response: 'Something Must Change' to Address Challenges Facing Native American Youths
Dr. Susan C. Faircloth, Kelly Sassi, and Jennifer Borgioli share their thoughts on the challenges facing Native American youth.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 22, 2019
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