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The ongoing push for Oceti Sakowin schools to address decades of disparities

This video is from SDPB's news program, South Dakota Focus.

We discuss an ongoing movement to address educational disparities for Native American students.

The state Department of Education shows year after year that Native American students' on-time graduation rate is the lowest of any racial group in the state.

There are many possible reasons for that, and many efforts are underway to improve those statistics. But some lawmakers are continuing to point to better cultural education for all students as a possible solution. And where those efforts fail, another continues: creating new schools centered on culture and language.

Jackie is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls Studio.