Native Education

A view from a hill of the pacific ocean and a tropical island on a bright sunny day.
In 2006, its regional launch year, Hawai'i’s Teach For America corps included four residents of the state. The 2014 corps, by contrast, is 10 percent Native Hawaiian, and more than a third were already residents of the state.
Kristin Szczepaniec
December 11, 2014
On the islands, success in school and out is all about the good of the collective.
By
Susan Brenna
An empty road cuts through a flat field, with a small copse of trees visible on the horizon.
Kristina Barker
December 11, 2014
When a community’s aspirations take on spiritual proportions, what does success look like?
By
Leah Fabel
A line of middle-school students standing in a classroom, with one boy with short brown hair and a gray shirt smiling.
Native students, like these fifth graders in Rosebud, South Dakota, battle dire statistics. Only about 49 percent of Native students nationwide graduate from high school, compared to 86 percent of students overall.
Kristina Barker
December 11, 2014
The federal government is poised to grant more control of Native schools to their tribal nations. Could it work?
By
Susan Brenna
Three women and a young man in Native American dress posed in a line in a field in front of an orange house.
To honor her family and her people, Kayla Begay is building a school in the Navajo Nation where students won’t have to choose—as she did—between their education and their culture.
Brian Leddy
December 11, 2014
A New Mexico alum sets out to give Navajo students the option she never had.
By
Ting Yu