Here, from Indianz.  An excerpt:

LAME DEER, Mont. — In the last six months the Lame Deer Public Schools Board of Trustees, Administration and staff has had their hands full – dealing with an unfinished multi-million federally funded construction project to expand and improve that district’s elementary school.

“It has been a slow process, trying to get to the bottom of the problems,” reported Robert McLean, Board Chairman. “Yet, we are moving forward, hoping to finish such basics as the elementary cafeteria and kitchen by January, 2015. The final goal of completing the construction project is within sight, probably a year or two from now.” McLean also noted that attorneys for the School and DPS-Small Construction are in discussion trying to resolve outstanding issues.

“The Board has not heard from DPS-Small Construction regarding code and construction deficiencies and the unfinished and over budget project,” he said. “So, we don’t know about the intentions of that contractor. That is why we are moving forward with other professionals, including a forensic auditor regarding the finances on the project. The School District requested that DPS/Small turn over financial records related to the project. Failing that, the Board determined to request a forensic on the construction project. The results of that audit will determine what funds were spent on Phase I; what, if any, money is left from Phase I and who is liable for over-expenditures on that phase. Now, we have to figure out how to complete Phase 1 and then Phase 11.”

Power and Place: Indian Education in America by Vine Deloria Jr. and Daniel Wildcat is today’s Throwback Thursday.  Deloria and Wildcat offer this as a “declaration of American Indian intellectual sovereignty and self-determination.”  An excerpt from a review by Jason Schreiner:

With such a revolutionary agenda at stake, they dispense with reformist proposals aimed at “sensitizing” educators and administrators to the “plight” and “special needs” of Native students. Instead, Deloria and Wildcat hail the “problem” of Native students and indigenous people as “an affirmation—a living testimony to the resilience of American Indian cultures.” Taking their cue from the “old ways” of tribal traditions and knowledge construction, the authors envision a “truly American Indian,” or indigenized, educational practice grounded literally in power and place. Power is understood as the “living energy that inhabits and/or composes the universe,” and place is the “relationship of things to each other.” As Deloria notes, “power and place produce personality,” meaning not only that experience of the universe in a particular place is inherently personal, but also that the universe itself is personal. Personality is thus the “substantive embodiment, the unique realization, of all the relations and power” emergent in a given place. Moreover, because the natural world is personal, “its perceived relationships are always ethical,” and appropriate action therefore requires careful discernment of nature’s messages, as well as subsequent behavior that considers all possible consequences and ensures relationships are completed. An indigenized educational practice thus begins with the explicit aim of establishing personal relationships with the natural world, through living experience in a particular place.

Here, from Indianz.com.

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court will hear arguments on Friday in a case that could end the campaign of presidential candidate Chris Deschene.

Deschene, 38, is popular on the reservation — he came in second in the tribe’s primary last month. But some tribal members question whether he is fluent in the Navajo language, as required by tribal law.

“They know I try. Many admire my efforts to learn Navajo,” Deschene told The Arizona Republic. “I plead with the people to help me. They tell me … ‘Keep working hard.’ Just the gymnastics of the tongue, in trying to say a certain word, has been difficult.”

Deschene has made repeated gaffes on the campaign trial, according to Betty Reid, a Navajo-speaking reporter at The Arizona Republic. He said he would spy for people instead of work for them and used the word for urine when he meant soil, she reported.

Deschene is running against Joe Shirley Jr., a former president who speaks Navajo fluently.

Here. An excerpt:

CHAMBERLAIN — Despite a letter coming from one of the biggest names in civil rights, the Chamberlain School Board still reaffirms its stand that the topic of an honoring song for graduates will “never” be allowed at their meetings.

In April, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta sent a letter to the board in support of the honor song. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., signed the letter.

Now the school board is being investigated for possible civil rights violations. The violation charges stem from the attempts made by James Cadwell and Lynn Hart to formally present a letter of support from the King Center of Atlanta, Georgia for the honor song.