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One of the many resources that Native Americans are being neglected is better education. It has been a need for this community for a very long time. The need is only growing larger as the graduation rates are behind every other group in the United States, and it is widening further. Something must be done. Funding is the first step to the problem, and the rest of the solutions will be able to follow. But without the funding, there is not much we can do. Also, each community within the Native American community must be helped individually as every community has different educational needs. Not everything will work the same or as well for all communities. It is long overdue that these people are helped adequately. Once education is reformed, other issues such as poverty will begin to improve, but this all has to start somewhere.
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Abandoned in Indian Country

Abandoned in Indian Country | Native American Education | Scoop.it
The cuts that are part of the mandatory sequestration are bringing misery to the reservations, but Congress offers no response.
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Although the focus of this magazine has been education, this article outlines the many things that are suffering in the American Indian community. The lack of resources for these people is staggering, and is not just in the classroom. Overall, more attention needs to be focused on how these people are being treated, especially considering their past and history of losing their land in America. They are owed much more than they are receiving.

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Interior Secretary: Native American Education Is 'Embarrassing'

Interior Secretary: Native American Education Is 'Embarrassing' | Native American Education | Scoop.it
Testifying for the first time before the U.S.
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If the President isn't going to ask for more resources for Indian schools in the budget, who is? This problem spans much farther than just the state-tribe relationship and is in need of great help.

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Helping Native Americans

Helping Native Americans | Native American Education | Scoop.it
Former Senator Byron Dorgan writes about challenges and strengths within the Native American community.
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This opinion piece brings up a great point: there are 566 federally recognized tribes here in the United States. This means that education reform, assuming that funding will improve and is where it needs to be in the future, may not be applicable to every location in the same form. Every community is very different than the next, and has different needs. This needs to be considered when changes are taking place, making education more specialized to the area it is serving. This will give individual communities better chances at the educational system improving to the best of its ability.

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Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth

Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth | Native American Education | Scoop.it
The upwardly mobile American is becoming a statistical oddity.
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This article shares the fact that so many Americans face daily: economic and social mobility are very difficult here in the United States, especially for groups where education is not widely available. The less education, the less chance that the mobility will occur for someone. The U.S. preaches equality and free will, but it is much easier said than actually done here.

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A Crucial Investment in Indian Higher Ed.

A Crucial Investment in Indian Higher Ed. | Native American Education | Scoop.it
More needs to be done to prepare American Indian students to attend and succeed in college, Fort Lewis College Provost Barbara Morris writes.
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Native American students are not being well prepared for secondary education, which also means that they are enrolling in secondary education less than other groups as well. This also means that they are less prepared for jobs that may require this secondary education, which aids in the vicious cycle of under- and unemployment and poverty.

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Upending an Education Crisis in Indian Country

Upending an Education Crisis in Indian Country | Native American Education | Scoop.it
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.
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Another source that shows that the U.S. government is not holding up to its end of the trust responsibility to tribal nations. Education is one of the many factors that is suffering because of it, and the statistics show that not enough students are graduating. The education policy is also in dire need of reform, as well as proper funding.

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How to combat income inequality

How to combat income inequality | Native American Education | Scoop.it
If you're a low-income African-American with a talent for braiding hair, you might have the idea of making money that way.
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To combat income inequality and poverty, education is one of the very first things of importance. Better education, or education at all, helps to get better jobs and better incomes. But when adequate education is hard to access due to funds, location, or resources, then certain communities stay in poverty and lower-paying jobs. This article illustrates just why it is so important to help change education for Native Americans - better education will mean better lifestyles overall, of course for the employment benefits that good education brings.

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Graduation Rates Dropping Among Native American Students

Graduation Rates Dropping Among Native American Students | Native American Education | Scoop.it
Latino and black students are gaining ground, but American Indians are slipping, a new report shows.
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This article continues to show what this magazine has been illustrating: graduation rates for American Indians are dropping, so something needs to be done to lessen the gap instead of widening it further. It brings up a good point, though. States that work closely with the tribes do have better rates, such as Oklahoma. More states need to be more active in working with the tribes to figure out what needs they have and what needs to be done to bring rates up over the whole country, not just in small areas.

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As Tribal Leaders, Women Still Fight Old Views - New York Times

As Tribal Leaders, Women Still Fight Old Views - New York Times | Native American Education | Scoop.it
American Indian women are playing a larger role in tribal governments, a shift that has brought growing pains, both trivial and vast.
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The article describes how American Indian and Alaska Native women have been receiving more and more secondary education than American Indian and Alaska Native men since the 1970's. Education is still not where it needs to be for these groups today, but it is important to look at these numbers as well.

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On the Reservation and Off, Schools See a Changing Tide - NYTimes.com

On the Reservation and Off, Schools See a Changing Tide - NYTimes.com | Native American Education | Scoop.it
Many American Indian families are sending their children off the reservation to attend school, as the stigma that was once attached to doing so has faded.
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This article describes something that is working for some families: sending their children to schools that are off the reservations. This is due to the lack of resources at the schools that are on reservations. This may be a short term solution, but not everyone has the ability to send their children to off-site schools, so some children are still lacking in the educational resources. Especially because the more rural areas have less resources, and not every family has the ability to relocate to more urban areas. This needs to be looked at from a larger perspective, as it is demonstrating the needs of these communities. Somehow, more resources need to find their way to these schools on reservations.

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The State of Education for Native Students

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This fact sheet (PDF file) gives you an idea of where the status of education for Native American students is at. Native American students are falling even further behind white students than before, as well as they are behind other groups in the U.S. Things should be improving, not worsening, which illustrates the need for better education and funding.

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Federal Cuts Take a Toll on Native Americans' Schools

Federal Cuts Take a Toll on Native Americans' Schools | Native American Education | Scoop.it
The sequester's 5 percent across-the-board cuts have been particularly hard on schools serving Native students—many of which rely heavily on federal funds.
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Schools that serve a high population of Native American students face neglect in terms of funding, which of course in turn means that the education for those students suffers.

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