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

Why are Native Students Being Left Behind?

The U.S. once used schools to try to exterminate Native language and culture. A new approach would build on indigenous values, languages, and strengths.
Susan Brenna