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Paper runs special report on Indian education

The Billings Gazette is running a week-long special report on Indian education.

Today's story focuses on the funding issues faced by schools on the reservation. Since the schools lack a tax base, they rely on federal funds, outside grants and extra help from the state to survive.

On Monday, the paper looked at the recruitment of Indian teachers. On the Fort Peck Reservation, the Fort Peck Community College works with three state universities to increase the number of Indian teachers.

On Sunday, the No Child Left Behind Act and state achievement levels were the subject of two stories. Of the 33 schools that failed to make the Department of Education's cut, 32 were on reservations.

The series runs through Friday.

Get the Story:
Reservation schools look at creative funding possibilities (The Billings Gazette 8/22)
Schools recruit Indian educators to teach (The Billings Gazette 8/21)
Poplar educators working to bring students up to speed (The Billings Gazette 8/20)
State schools flunked by 'No Child' (The Billings Gazette 8/20)

Relevant Links:
Big Horn Teacher Projects -
Montana Indian Education Association -
Montana Office of Public Instruction -

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