Fort Peck school superintendent fired

The former superintendent of public schools on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana says he was fired because he is white.

The Brockton School Board terminated Robert Smith's contract less than a year into the agreement. Two of the three board members are Indian, whom Smith say forced him to make decisions favoring Indian students.

Smith ran into troubles last year. He removed his three children from the Brockton schools, saying they received threats from Indian students. He said his daughter was attacked.

The board suspended Smith in December. He was replaced by Richard Whitesell, who is Indian. He has filed a complaint with the Montana Human Rights Bureau.

Smith has a spotty work history, according to The Billings Gazette. His agreements with two other school districts were terminated early, the paper said.

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