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South Dakota hosts first Indian education summit

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) kicked off his first Indian Education Summit on Monday.

Tribal leaders and educators met with state education secretary Rick Melmer to press their concerns about public school system. They cited inadequate school buildings, high dropout rates, tribal culture and languages and funding as top issues.

According to the state, 86 percent of Indian children attend public schools on and off the reservation.

The meeting ends today.

Get the Story:
Indian education issues discussed at summit (The Rapid City Journal 4/20)
Study Indian education, forum urges (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 4/20)