Obama strives to improve Native American education
President Barack Obama has pledged to work with tribal nations to make sure Native Americans have equal educational and economic opportunities.
The President says the administration is determined to partner with tribes, and that the relationship with Washington and tribal nations is the strongest it has ever been. His intended efforts include the expansion of opportunity among Native Americans.
Dozens of steps intended to improve the Bureau of Indian Education are being rolled out by the administration with the goal of boosting the academic achievement of Native American students, and also support economic development in tribal communities.
The efforts include creating a blueprint for redesigning the Bureau of Indian Education and supporting digital learning by providing schools and dormitories with high-speed Internet.
Obama realizes the many challenges Native Americans face and this has let him to take action. “Poverty rates are far higher than the national average – nearly 60% in some places. And the dropout rate of Native American students is nearly twice the national rate.”
Data from the Labor Department shows that joblessness is a constant battle for American Indians and Alaskan Natives at 12.3% in 2012. The U.S. rate was over 4% lower at 8.1% the same year.
Obama also recognizes that the U.S. hasn’t given the tribal nations the respect they deserve – plus the odds are against them. He was to change this once and for all, and says, “We can give our children a better future.”
I am so glad that Obama recognizes the many issues Native Americans in this country are facing. They deserve to have equal education and economic opportunities like the rest of us. I think Obama’s efforts are spot on and hope that very soon, Native Americans will benefit from the changes he has initiated.