The Indian Nations at Risk: An Educational Strategy for Action report was from the Department of Education in 1991.  An excerpt:

American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Communities are nations at risk.

  • Our schools have failed to nurture the intellectual development and academic performance of many Native children, as is evident from their high dropoutrates and negative attitudes toward school.

  • Our schools have discouraged the use of Native languages in the classroom, thereby contributing to a weakening of the Natives’ resolve to retain and continue the development of their original languages and cultures.

  • Indian lands and resources are constantly besieged by outside forces interested in further reducing their original holdings.

  • Political relationships between the tribes and the federal government fluctuate with the will of the U.S. congress and decisions by the courts.  

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