Indigenous people not happy with Governor Noem’s education standardss

RAPID CITY, S.D.(KOTA)- Teaching evolves with time, but local indigenous activists are unhappy with the direction Governor Kristi Noem’s administration has taken with proposed “patriotic” education standards.

Amy (Sa-Zoo)Sazue, education equity organizer for NDN Collective said the new standards proposed by the Noem administration paint an incomplete picture of reality.

Sauze said cutting indigenous culture from education standards would instead make them less patriotic.

Of the current education situation in South Dakota, Sazue, whose children attend Rapid City Area Schools, said she is fearful.

Members of the working group which proposed educational standards say they were surprised by what’s been described as the “political edge” of the Noem administration proposal.