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April 2013

Recognizing Oakland’s Graduating Native Youth

Native American students in Oakland have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any ethnic group.  The 63.6% graduation rate for Native student is among the lowest of   Oakland Unified School District’s already low graduation rates.    Further   intensifying the issue, these numbers don’t even include the numerous youth who drop out before high school or ar…

Culture Matters

From boarding schools and forced removal from traditional homes, Native youth have often been the targets of forced change and cultural assimilation. Throughout the difficult history of Native America,   many children lost touch with their traditions due to removal from their cultural backgrounds.  Even 30 years ago over 90% of Native children removed from their homes were placed into…

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