Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico


Five of eight Nation school board members have resigned. "We basically did it out of frustration over interference with government officials in the operation of the school system, and preventing the board from performing their elected duties,'' said Debbie Danforth, who has served as board chairman. The resignations occurred March 20 at a special board meeting, she said. The elected board oversees the tribe's schools, including the Oneida Nation Elementary School that opened in 1994 and the high school at the Norbert Hill Center. The tribe has about 500 students enrolled in the schools. Sandy Orie, an elementary teacher, said critics of the board were questioning how the board interpreted rules regarding how the school should be run. Orie said there was talk of a recall effort. Danforth said the three board members who did not resign did not attend Monday's special board meeting.