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    The four-year graduation rate for Minnesota’s high school students remained consistent with an upward trend in the spring of 2020 despite a switch to remote learning and other challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. But while the graduation rate among seniors who graduated in four years increased to a record high of nearly 84%, the gaps between white and Asian...
    Colorado lawmakers passed legislation to prohibit publicly funded schools, colleges, and universities from using Native Americans as their mascots. The bill, passed by the state House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday, established the legislature's view that "derogatory American Indian mascots" are harmful to Native American students and would fine certain schools that maintain their mascots beyond a 2022...
    Native American tribes, students, and faculty are pushing colleges to do more for Indigenous communities. When Samantha Maltais steps onto Harvard's campus this fall, she'll become the first member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to attend its prestigious law school. It's a "full-circle moment" for the university and the Martha's...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The coronavirus pandemic put pressure on families all over the Tri-State Area. For kids growing up in the Bronx, there’s a charity providing a program that gives them a place to go after school and help build their future. READ MORE: Headstones Damaged At Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Immortalized By Washington Irvings Literary Classic It’s the focus...
    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS - When Samantha Maltais steps onto Harvard's campus this fall, she'll become the first member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to attend its prestigious law school. It's a "full-circle moment" for the university and the Martha's Vineyard tribe, she says. More than 350 years ago, Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, an Aquinnah Wampanoag man, became the first Native American to graduate...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (CBSNewYork) — An Army trainee from New Jersey was arrested Thursday after hijacking a school bus in South Carolina at gunpoint. Police say 23-year-old Jovan Collazo was in boot camp at Fort Jackson and ran off base. READ MORE: Families Reunite With Loved Ones At MetLife Stadium After Long, Emotional Year Of COVID He then boarded a school...
    President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Customs and Border Protection previously criticized the Covington Catholic High School students who were falsely accused of harassing a Native American man during the March for Life. “High school students mock Native American elder/Vietnam veteran at Lincoln Memorial. Politics aside, how do kids get like this? What kind of parenting or...
    MOSCOW (AP) – A trio of Russian and American space travelers launched successfully and reached the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, a Minnesota native, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov blasted off as scheduled at 12:42 p.m. Friday aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. READ MORE: Driver Arrested...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will get $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to recruit underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The state’s U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Wednesday. READ MORE: Pittsburgh TikTok Star Rochelle Hager Dies After Tree Falls On Car In Maine The project will...
    A taxpayer-funded university in Nevada is denying claims that it has designated certain ‘identity-based’ dorm rooms off limits to whites ‘for the safety of student participants.’ It was alleged on Wednesday that the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) does not permit white students to live with African-American, Native American, and Latino classmates at a campus dormitory, according to the Young...
    DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Participants in a Danville, Vermont, forum say its time of the school Indians mascot to change. The school board heard from more than 20 people who called for the mascot and nickname’s removal during the virtual forum Wednesday night, the Caledonian Record reported. More than 100 people listened to the Zoom call. “When I think about...
    By The Associated Press Topeka Capitol-Journal. February 12, 2021. Editorial: We could envision an honest debate about public vs. private schools. The Kansas Legislature isn’t giving us that. The Kansas Legislature has decided to wade into the fraught issue of schools and COVID-19 — by looking to undermine public education. As The Topeka Capital-Journal’s Andrew Bahl wrote last week: “The...
    TUSTIN, Calif. (KABC) -- Students from Red Hill Lutheran School in Tustin got their chance to ask the commander of the International Space Station questions on what it's like to be in space.Ethan Javert was one of the first students to ask Commander Michael Hopkins a question. He asked what goes through his mind when taking off."Hi Ethan, that could...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — It’s estimated almost half of Americans living in rural areas don’t have access to broadband. The numbers are even worse for those living on Native American tribal lands. To reach 450 members of the Havasupai village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Dr. Chad S. Hamill needs to take a helicopter. “Another is an eight-mile...
    Main Elementary School’s third grade students could hardly wait to show off what they have been learning about our Native American history. So, educators decided to help them by building a museum in the school library that highlights Native American culture, and the tour was led by little Wolves who...
    By COLLIN BINKLEY, AP Education Writer BOSTON (AP) — A friendly feast shared by the plucky Pilgrims and their native neighbors? That’s yesterday’s Thanksgiving story. Students in many U.S. schools are now learning a more complex lesson that includes conflict, injustice and a new focus on the people who lived on the land for hundreds of years before European settlers...
    BOSTON (AP) — A friendly feast shared by the plucky Pilgrims and their native neighbors? That’s yesterday’s Thanksgiving story. Students in many U.S. schools are now learning a more complex lesson that includes conflict, injustice and a new focus on the people who lived on the land for hundreds of years before European settlers arrived and named it New...
    By FRANK VAISVILAS, Green Bay Press-Gazette KESHENA, Wis. (AP) — In her 17 years of teaching teachers at the College of Menominee Nation, Kelli Chelberg observed how difficult it is to retain aspiring educators of American Indian descent. “Really, we need our Native teachers to teach our Native children,” she said. Educators, nationally, are recognizing the importance of culturally responsive...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The epidemic of gun violence can leave individuals feeling helpless. But now some students are saying, "enough is enough." They're taking back their streets and becoming leaders in their neighborhoods.One of those students, Marco Vargas, shows us a solution to stop the shooting and save lives. Vargas is very proud of being a native from...
    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WLS) -- A Waukegan native has taken part in a documentary that follows two students attempting to get rid of the term "illegal alien" found in subject headings in libraries across the nation, and replace it with "undocumented immigrants."The documentary is called "Change the Subject," and follows Oscar Cornejo Casares, a sociology Ph.D. student at Northwestern and an...
    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors on Tuesday unanimously voted to stop the chieftain name and mascot at Columbia River High School and Minnehaha Elementary School. Board members last month expressed their desire to end the use of the image of a Native American chief in a feathered headdress, The Columbian reported. Local tribal leaders...
    As protests swept through a south Minneapolis neighborhood, flames and destruction found their way to the home of Native American nonprofit MIGIZI. The organization’s 2-year-old building was reduced to rubble. The fire was a setback but not a roadblock for the organization. Binesikwe Means, lead media instructor at MIGIZI, said the community came together for a healing event after the...
    Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann will be in the speaker lineup for the 2020 Republican National Convention. During the four-night convention, Sandmann will try to rally support behind incumbent President Trump and Vice President Pence, who are running against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris. COVINGTON TEEN NICHOLAS SANDMANN AMONG RNC CONVENTION SPEAKERS The overall theme...
    KEWEENAW BAY, Mich. — On the shore of Lake Superior, in the far reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it’s possible — for one still moment — to forget the deserted office buildings and muted street life of Midtown Manhattan. Not far from where I swim in the clearest water I’ve ever seen, bald eagles glide overhead, swooping to pluck their...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Things were a little different this year for journalism students attending ThreeSixty Journalism’s 2020 Digital Media Arts Camp. As COVID-19 continued its hold on normal life in Minnesota, students had to get creative with virtual efforts. As in the past, WCCO was one of the media entities supporting students as volunteer mentors. Among the students’ projects WCCO...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) has sent a letter to federal education and health officials, demanding accessible, comprehensive and culturally-competent mental health care for Indigenous youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, Smith and several of her Senate colleagues say that Native American and Alaska native youth already faced mental and behavioral health challenges before...
    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to adequately provide for students on a small, isolated reservation in Arizona is set to go to trial in November. The lawsuit filed in 2017 seeks systematic reforms of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education, an agency that oversees more than 180...
    In 1970, the American Indian Movement (AIM) declared its intention to open a school for Native youth living in Minneapolis. AIM had identified the urgent need for Indigenous children to be educated within their own communities. Two years later, Heart of the Earth Survival School opened its doors, providing hope to Native families whose children had endured the racial abuse...
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (CBS) — Penn State University has announced that a student from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has died after COVID-19 complications and respiratory failure. University officials say, Juan Garcia, 21, of Allentown, died June 30. This is the first known death related to COVID-19 among Penn State students. “We are profoundly saddened to learn about...
    By CEDAR ATTANASIO, Associated Press/Report for America SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday for the governor of New Mexico to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. The comments from Navajo Nation...
    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Students and alumni are asking Dartmouth College to take down a campus weather vane that critics say includes a racist depiction of a Native American. The copper weather vane, which sits atop the school’s main library, depicts college founder Eleazar Wheelock sitting before a Native American who is smoking a long pipe. Behind Wheelock is a...
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