ERIC Number: ED463910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Rosebud Sioux Tribal Education Department & Tribal Education Code: External Evaluation. Final Report.
RJS & Associates, Inc., Box Elder, MT.
In 1990-91, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (South Dakota) established a tribal education department (TED) and enacted a tribal education code. Following a regional overview of Indian educational history, this document describes development of the TED and code, tribal education initiatives, schools serving tribal students, and evaluation findings. The TED is an agency of the tribal government, administers and enforces the code, and reports annually on code compliance and student performance and needs. The TED has 2 staff positions--director and Lakota language specialist--and 11 associated staff. The code regulates all schools and education programs on the Rosebud Reservation, including public schools. Major areas of regulation are curriculum and education standards, parental and community involvement, alcohol and substance abuse education, and staffing and teacher training. The code asserts tribal sovereignty over the education of tribal members concurrently with applicable South Dakota law. Driven by specific needs and problems and by code goals, the TED has designed initiatives relating to truancy, Lakota language instruction, early intervention services for young children with disabilities, and parenting education. Among the major evaluation findings are: the TED is funded primarily by tribal revenues and is a widely recognized leader in Indian education; the TED is implementing the code and education initiatives collaboratively with tribal and nontribal educators, officials, and parents; and in the past decade, dropout rates for tribal students have dropped dramatically, attendance rates have improved, but little progress has been made on student achievement levels. Recommendations address funding and staffing needs; issues of legal jurisdiction among tribal, state, and federal governments; and accountability. Data tables and figures detail dropout rates, performance indicators, and funding. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Dropout Rate, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, School Law, Sioux (Tribe), Tribal Government, Tribally Controlled Education
National Indian Law Library, Native American Rights Fund, 1522 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 ($8). Tel: 303-447-8760.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, CO.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: RJS & Associates, Inc., Box Elder, MT.
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota