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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 1, 2003 - Issue 99


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Native American Magnet School

The Del Norte County Office of Education in partnership with the Northern California Indian Development Council established the Native American Magnet School. The Native American Magnet School is an alternative
educational program for students residing in Del Norte County, California. Students enrolled at the Native American Magnet School are expected to meet high academic standards. The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed California's performance standards. In addition to a strong academic program, the Native American Magnet School incorporates local tribal cultures and traditions

If you would like to learn more about the Native American Magnet School, email us at

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OSU, tribes plan Indian college

OKMULGEE -- Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma tribal leaders will look into establishing the state's first tribally controlled college.

Leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes have agreed to endorse the development of a small, two-year college for Oklahoma's American Indian population, Creek Nation Chief Perry Beaver said.

A task force of tribal leaders, led by the Creek Nation, is working toward creating the college that could be called the "American Indian University."

The proposed American Indian University has the endorsement of OSU President David Schmidly, who said the joint venture between OSU and the tribes looks to be a good fit.

If established, the American Indian college would be overseen by the Creek Nation Board of Regents, which also would have to be established.

The Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee and Seminole tribes are supporting the establishment of the American Indian University.

Preliminary plans would have the school located at the OSU-Okmulgee campus if federal funding is secured, said Bob Klabenes, president of OSU-Technical Branch in Okmulgee.

If funding is obtained, the tribal college would share OSU-Okmulgee facilities without disrupting OSU's technical educational programs, Klabenes said.

Indian leaders believe that families from Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized Indian tribes would support the new college. Enrollment options for non-Indian students have not been decided.

"One-fourth of Oklahoma's population is Indian, and many other states have these colleges, so why not Oklahoma?" Beaver asked.

Beaver said the proposed American Indian University in Okmulgee could offer degree programs specific to Indian nation operations, such as Indian gaming management, hazardous waste management, transportation management, law enforcement and fire safety.

The task force hopes to have a proposal submitted for federal funding within six months.

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