Throwback Thursday

Today’s throwback is about a discrimination lawsuit against a South Dakota School District that was settled in 2007.  The case was Antoine v. Winner School District, which the ACLU and Rosebud Sioux Tribe prosecuted.  A snippet from the ACLU website:

In March of 2006, the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, ACLU of the Dakotas and Attorney General of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe filed a complaint in federal district court on behalf of Native American families with children in South Dakota’s majority-white Winner School District. The class action lawsuit claimed that the schools discriminated against Native American students in disciplining them, were hostile toward Native American families, and took statements from students involved in disciplinary matters that were later used to prosecute them in juvenile and criminal courts.

The complaint, which was filed in federal district court, can be seen here. The complaint to the Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Education can be seen here.  Details on the Settlement can be seen here. Unfortunately, it seems as if this type of conduct from School Districts is far from uncommon. See, e.g., here and here.

Throwback Thursday

Here is NIEA’s preliminary report on No Child Left Behind, that was done in, I believe, 2005.  From the intro.:

This document, prepared by the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University, is a preliminary report on the findings based on the hearings and consultation sessions NIEA has conducted on the No Child Left Behind Act in Indian country. The purpose of the report is to provide insight on the impact the Act has had on American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and the educational institutes they attend.

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Through the past year NIEA has held eleven hearings on NCLB and Indian education. The purpose of these hearing was to gather information on the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 on American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. Specifically, NIEA garnered recommendations on how to strengthen the existing law for Native students, as well as information about what is working within NCLB and how to support programs who have successfully met the mandates. NIEA has collected data and recommendations from every region and made certain that Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native recommendations were included through written and oral testimonies.

Throwback Thursday – 2011 NIES Study

Here is the National Indian Education Study done under the direction of the National Center for Education Statistics on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education.  The Study is conducted through the National Assessment of Educational Progress and provides information on the academic performance of fourth- and eighth-grade American Indian/Alaska Native students in reading and mathematics, and on their educational experiences.