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Education Week Spotlights Education on Pine Ridge and Morongo

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Education Week recently released a special package titled “Education in Indian Country” that features stories, commentaries and videos from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Morongo Indian Reservation in California.

The first section, “Running in Place” focuses on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge and the struggles students there face—long commutes to school, severe weather, high unemployment once they graduate and high rates of alcoholism.

The package also includes four commentaries from Native perspectives including one on Common Core.

A number of videos are included in the package, including one called “A Long Road Back to the ‘Rez’” that discusses the education challenges on Pine Ridge.

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The section on Morongo, titled “Betting on a School” talks about the Morongo School, which opened in 2010. The state-of-the-art school run by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, which teaches Cahuilla (ka-wee-yah) and Serrano languages, will graduate its first class in 2017.


This isn’t all the Education Week package has to offer though. Readers can learn the story of Legend Tell Tobacco, a 10-year-old fourth-grader from Pine Ridge or check out the timeline of American Indian education or the Lakota alphabet. Visit to see the entire “Education in Indian Country” package.