One school on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota puts a focus on culturally based education and it might be getting results. From sugar bushing to round dance competitions, cultural practices are part of the educational process. Overall, only 56 percent of American Indian students graduated on time in Minnesota in 2015, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. The average is 84 percent. In this continuation of our collaboration with the American Graduate initiative, we’ll talk with educators from the White Earth Reservation about their approach and what they’re seeing.
Ricky White (White Earth Nation) – superintendent of the Circle of Life Academy
Joe Carrier (Ojibway, Cree, Dakota) – director of the Native American Education Department at Detroit Lakes Public Schools
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