The Hechinger Report: Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money

Here.  An excerpt:

FORT YATES, North Dakota — Breanne Lugar says the only reason she enrolled in college was so she could move away from the house she shared on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with her parents, her boyfriend, and her five children.

“I never wanted to come to school,” says Lugar, 26, who signed up at Sitting Bull College, one of the nation’s tribal colleges and universities located on Indian reservations and run entirely by tribes. “I hated school.”
But after a semester of classes toward a degree in business administration helped her move from a job as blackjack dealer to the finance department of the tribal casino, Lugar, a sophomore, has become a fervent advocate of the college.

Interesting read, but I think a more in depth discussion of the trust responsibility would be in order.  As the article mentions, there are a lot of dynamics at play here, many of which were imposed. As NIEA has mentioned in its 14th Annual Legislative Summit materials:

United States history is replete with policies created to destroy Native identity and assimilate Native Americans into the values and beliefs of European immigrants migrating to America. This same history has given birth to a trust responsibility enshrined in the U.S. Constitution requiring the U.S. to care for its Native American beneficiaries, including a duty to educate them. Unfortunately, the trust responsibility was too often used as a tool to impose ideals and beliefs that harmed rather than helped the Native American beneficiaries it was intended to serve.

 

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