Published June 15, 2017
RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION – The Red Lake Nation made history Tuesday, June 13, 2017, when the Tribal Council, during their regular monthly meeting, passed a bold and courageous resolution that calls for a goal of 100% graduation rate for all Red Lake youth regardless of where they attend school. Although the graduation rate for all Native youth has increased in the past years, the number of youth leaving school early is still unacceptable. By adopting a 100% goal for graduation, the Red Lake Nation is saying that they believe no young person should leave school without having a diploma and all young people are capable of receiving one.
According to presenter, Dr. John Eggers, achieving a goal of a 100% graduation rate is everyone’s responsibility, not just the school district. Community leaders, parents, students and educational personnel need to come together to achieve this goal. The leadership for this task begins with community leaders. Students will rise to the expectations of the community. Graduating from high school needs to become a mindset and when all communities work hard to help their students graduate, 100% of young people will graduate regardless of ethnicity.
The Red Lake Band of Chippewa is believed to be the first community in the United States to emphatically state that nothing less than a 100% graduation rate is acceptable for its young people.