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SD Senate Passes Native American Charter Schools Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has unanimously approved a bill to start 4 charter schools based around Native American language and culture, sending the measure on to the House. The bill to address high drop-out rates in some Native American communities in the state.

The schools would teach an Oceti Sakowin curriculum centered on Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota language and culture.

The bills is being pushed by a group of educators who are planning to open the schools in Native American communities, but some education groups oppose the proposal, saying it would reduce funding for the public schools which they say can accommodate innovative programs.