Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 10, 2001 - Issue 31



School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Nunavut to spend heavily on new schools

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT - The Nunavut government is making education its number one priority in the upcoming fiscal year.

More than a third of the $70 million it has set aside for infrastructure is planned for schools and educational facilities in the territory. That's almost double last year's budget.

A territorial library is another item in the budget plan.

Education minister Peter Kilabuk says the government has to make education a priority.

"The Bathurst mandate clearly defines that over the next 5 years, the government is giving a big priority to support training and learning for either the workforce and either elementary, high school and education as a whole in Nunavut," he says.

Cherokee Nation Head Start Partners With Shady Grove Public School on Read Aloud Project

TAHLEQUAH -- Cherokee Nation Shady Grove Head Start Class is partnering with the Shady Grove Public School in their Read Aloud Project.

Third, fourth and seventh grade students from Kristine Thompson’s reading class at Shady Grove Public School have been reading to the Head Start Children every Wednesday since the beginning of the school year.

"The big school (Shady Grove Public School), as we call it at the Head Start Center, sends a reading class over every Wednesday. We call them our ‘Book Buddies’," said Patsy Steeley, Shady Grove Head Start Teacher.

The reading class walks across campus to the Head Start Center to read to the children. "We like walking over here every Wednesday to read to the Head Start students," said Amber Drywater, a member of the reading class and a former Head Start student from the Children’s Village. "Reading to the kids helps me to be a better reader."

Kristine Thompson, the reading teacher, also does an activity with the reading class and the Head Start class. The children love the interaction between the teachers and all the classes. "I enjoy coming over to read to the children myself," said Thompson. "This effort is a win-win situation for both classes. It builds their self-esteem.

"This is good for the kids," said Nora Justice, a teacher’s assistant at Shady Grove Head Start Center. "We read to them everyday, but it’s different when the public school kids read to them. They enjoy the older kids reading to them and this helps the Center to comply with the Read Aloud Project."

Tribal college may buy Huron U

The chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in north-central South Dakota says the tribal college on his reservation is negotiating to buy Huron University.

"I think it's pretty much public knowledge that, yes, there is a definite interest in merging the two schools," Chairman Gregg Bourland said Tuesday.

Officials with Si Tanka College at Eagle Butte and the privately owned, for-profit Huron University at Huron would not discuss negotiations, though their words suggested that the process is ongoing.





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