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Group asks panel to consider Native American charter schools

December 18, 2019 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A coalition of Native American advocacy groups pressed South Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday to create a network of Native American-focused charter schools.

The group offered a bill to the State-Tribal Relations Committee that would create charter schools to teach Oceti Sakowin language and culture. The network of schools would be customized to the needs and culture of Native American students and would be funded with public money. South Dakota is one of five states that does not have legislation for charter schools. The legislation would be limited to Native American-focused charter schools.

The South Dakota Education Equity Coalition said it is planning schools on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in Rapid City. The South Dakota Education Equity Coalition was created by NDN Collective, a Native American advocacy group based in Rapid City.