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Bridging the Gap: Native American Education

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Date Created 7/18/2011 2:57:20 PM
Grade Level 6-8
9-12
Category Social Studies

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OSEUSversionSDPB.pdf Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards
OSEUSversionSDPB.docx Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards
Ocheti workshop guide final.pdf Workshop Guide for Teachers
Video Courtesy: South Dakota Public Broadcsting

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South Dakota DOE - Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards (Introduction)

Bridging the Gap: Native American Education (Website)

Due to cultural differences and socio-economic conditions, the challenges facing Native American students are many. This video/teaching tool offers insight into the problems and possible solutions for educators of Native American young people. running time: 24:14 minutes

Program Synopsis
The program reports on statistics showing that the educational achievement of Native American students in South Dakota is below that of the averages for all South Dakota students. Next, several commentators describe various challenges facing Native American students, including language barriers, cultural differences, poverty, and lack of support at home. Representatives of the South Dakota Department of Education describe some statewide efforts to expand the teaching of the Native American experience across the school curriculum as well as specific educational programs that focus on improving student performance. The program also includes observations by a Native American high school teacher and high school students concerning their educational experiences.

Key Concepts
- In South Dakota, Native American student achievement is below that of all South
Dakota students.
- Native American students face many challenges in their educational experience,
including poverty, language barriers, cultural differences, and lack of home
support.
- The South Dakota government has launched efforts to address the educational
needs of Native American students and to expand the teaching of Native
American culture in schools.
- Many Native Americans believe that greater awareness of Native American
culture by schools would improve the experience and performance of Native
American students.

Program Interviewees
This program reports on the current condition of Native American education through the comments of South Dakota educators and students.

Clifford Canku, Dakota Studies Instructor at Sisseton Wahpeton College at Sisseton
Wahpeton Reservation
Dr. Craig Howe, Graduate Studies Instructor, Oglala Lakota College, Pine Ridge
Reservation, SD
Stella Littlem, Rapid City Central High School Student
Kolette Medicine, Oglala Lakota College Student
Michelle Mehlberg, Department of Education
Dr. Rick Melmer, Secretary, South Dakota Department of Education
Keith Moore, South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education
Stacy Phelps, Oglala Lakota College
Ione Quigley, Chairperson, Lakota Studies at Sinte Gleska University, Rosebud Sioux
Tribe, SD
Whitney Rencountre II, Black Hills State University Student
Audrey Terkildsen, Rapid City Central High School Student
Albert White Hat, Sr., Professor of Lakota Language at Sinte Gleska University,
Rosebud Sioux Tribe, SD
(OSEUS, OSEUS1, OSEUS2, OSEUS3, OSEUS4, OSEUS5, OSEUS6, OSEUS7)



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