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In South Dakota, 100 percent of our corps members teach on one of three tribal nations, and virtually all of our students are Lakota. The history and legacy of Western education in our communities is a painful one, where education has been weaponized as a tool of assimilation, and the trauma of the boarding school era runs deep. This history requires something different from us as educators. Our students deserve classrooms that are centers of self-determination—where students, their culture, and their knowledge are valued and centered.
Despite being sovereign nations, tribes have had control over their educational systems only since 1975. The legacy of genocide and assimilation has resulted in significant discrepancies in educational outcomes of Lakota students and their white peers in South Dakota.