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PIERRE, S.D. — Facing bipartisan pressure and calls for her resignation by the South Dakota Education Equity Coalition, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told the state Department of Education to postpone controversial changes to its social studies standards for up to one year to allow for more public input.

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BISMARCK, N.D.— A mom and educator from North Dakota has released a children’s book aimed at answering why many Indigenous boys and men have long hair. Bear’s Braid, Native author Joelle Bearstail’s first book, was inspired by experiences her son had while attending school in Bismarck, N.D. 

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As the United States federal government gears up to assess the genocide it perpetuated against Native communities for nearly a century, Native leaders and academics say there is one glaring method for accessing truth and healing: education.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday announced it will require staff and faculty of Bureau of Education (BIE) facilities to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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TSAILE, Ariz. — In an attempt to remain competitive in the job market, Diné College increased its minimum wage to $15 an hour for regular full-time employees. The decision impacts more than two thirds of the college’s workforce of 276 individuals.

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DENVER—Seventy-year-old Carol Harvey (Navajo) is fed up. The school her grandchildren attend 30 minutes outside of Denver continues to leave out Native Americans in its teaching about the history and formation of the United States, she said. That’s despite legislation passed 23 years ago mandating its inclusion. 

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MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah— Thanks to a new solar-powered light, Audrina Romero is able to keep reading and painting long after the sun goes down. 

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Ferris Saad felt an undeniable call to pursue medicine as a way to address health disparities, particularly in Native American communities. Thanks to a unique mentoring program, Saad spent the summer at the University of Arizona Health Sciences immersed in cancer research as he prepares to apply for medical school.

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Indigenous communities in the U.S. experience a disproportionately higher burden of disease and lower life expectancy than most Americans. Studies cite higher poverty rates, challenging social conditions, mistrust in the delivery of health services and a history of exclusion from clinical research as factors that contribute to these disparities.
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PIERRE, S.D. — Officials from the South Dakota Department of Education this week scrubbed more than a dozen Indigenous-centered learning objectives from the department’s new social studies standards before releasing the document to the public.