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Montana lawmakers reviewing Indian education

The Montana State Tribal Affairs Legislative Committee on Instruction held a hearing at the Montana Indian Education Conference on Saturday.

The committee is conducting a study on drop-out rates among Indian students. Only about half of Indians in the state finish high school.

The committee heard from Indian educators and parents on some of the challenges facing Indian students. They said state public schools should incorporate tribal culture into their curriculums. One said the state needs to hire more Indians for staff positions.

The study will be presented to the Montana Legislature next year.

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Montana reviews Indian ed: Joint project looks to keep American Indians in school (The Billings Gazette 4/5)