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Obama Launches "Generation Indigenous" for American Indian Students

President Obama Launches "Generation Indigenous" For American Indian Students

In order to address challenges American Indian students still face today, President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative called “Generation Indigenous.”

The plan “plan includes a new federal grant program for career and college readiness initiatives,” according to an article on Fox11Online.com.

“We have to invest in them and believe in them and love them and if we do, there is no question of the great things they could achieve, not just for their own families but for the United States,” Obama said to a national meeting of tribal leaders in Washington on December 3.

The article looked at the story of Sally Hill, who is going back to school at the College of Menominee Nation.

“The job that I was passed over for, I didn’t have the bachelor’s education that was required. Even though I had that experience, that piece of paper kept me from getting that job,” said Hill.

The College of Menominee Nation President Verna Fowler said that “childhood poverty prevents many local Native American students from getting degrees.”

“But there is a tremendous need. Education in this country has not served American Indians very well,” said Fowler.

Local tribal educators, the article said, “say this is a step in the right direction. But, they want to know more details.”

“I’m glad he has finally recognized the issue. But I’ve seen many programs come and go on reservations. But we really have to think about how to make this a sustainable program,” said Fowler.

Fowler, the article said, “hopes funding will make its way to Northern Wisconsin.”

“It’s only going to be education that’s going to pull us out of this poverty that this community has been embedded in for hundreds of years,” said Fowler.

According to the article, “students like Hill hope Generation Indigenous will get future generations thinking about college at a younger age.”

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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