One Day

Standing With Native Educators

A tall middle-aged man wearing a suit jacket and a traditional Native American necklace stands in the middle of a sidewalk, with a row of trees behind him.
Robert Cook leads Teach For America’s Native Alliance Initiative. Cook is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Oglala Lakota).
The leader of Teach For America’s Native Alliance Initiative speaks about the organization’s role on reservations--and the challenges that come with it.
Susan Brenna

Rosebud in Bloom

An empty road cuts through a flat field, with a small copse of trees visible on the horizon.
Kristina Barker
When a community’s aspirations take on spiritual proportions, what does success look like?
Leah Fabel

Why are Native Students Being Left Behind?

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
The federal government is poised to grant more control of Native schools to their tribal nations. Could it work?
Susan Brenna

A Generation Rising

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
A New Mexico alum sets out to give Navajo students the option she never had.
Ting Yu

Reflections of a College Dropout

A young man with thick black hair and a blue shirt sitting on a stairwell with blue railings, looking sad.
Miguel Aguilar’s first attempt at college ended midway through his freshman year. Thankfully, it wasn’t his last.
When success in high school doesn’t translate to success in college, what is a student—and his school—to do?
Ting Yu