Tribal officials: Indian education
needs more money
Their crumbling schools are
Dayna Brave Eagle is education director for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He says that for a century, the federal government's Bureau of Education has failed Indian Schools. He wants the tribes to take control.
"[The BIE has] failed," he said. "It's time now for the tribes to make decision for their future."
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., held the field hearing on Indian education. Tribal members testimonies will hel Congress decide what changes are needed in Indian education.
2007, less than
the U.S. BIE [Bureau of Indian Education] schools
met yearly progress requirements.
Tribal officials said
more money is need to:
Schools for Indian students need more flexibility to meet student needs and measure progress. "A good education is essential for the future of Indian youth." Herseth Sandlin said.
Rachel Bernie, Yankton Sioux Tribe, said poverty, poor schools. a bad economy. and other problems cause students to lose hope. Reservations must encourage more parents to value education and make sure their children go to school.
Thomas Shortbull, president of the Oglala Lakota College, said her tribal college has trained a lot of teachers and nurses, but there are no jobs on the reservation. ..
Emma Jean Blue Earth, Standing Rock Sioux, said tribes need direct funding for schools, improved safety, school repairs, and more tribal control of schools. "There's nothing wrong with our students. It's our system that has failed our students," Blue Earth said.
Hazel Red Bird, Cheyenne River Sioux, said Indian people must take responsibility for their future. "Ultimately, it is up to us," she said.
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