Martin Reinhardt (Center for Native American Studies) was quoted in an article titled "Native Charter Schools Are Part of an Intricate Education Landscape" in the National Charter School Resource Center e-newsletter. Reinhardt commented that recent U.S. Education Department professional development grants are supporting more American Indian people who are able to fill administrative and faculty roles in Indian schools.
"If these schools are able to help us revitalize our Native languages and our communities, that's going to do tremendous things for us as a people," said Reinhardt, whose experience includes curriculum counseling for tribal charter schools and service on the university's charter schools council. "
General education and Native learning don't have to be mutually exclusive. It doesn't have to be either or. The idea of assimilation in and of itself is not a bad thing, but forced assimilation in a hierarchical environment is a bad thing."
NMU is the authorizer for two tribal charter schools: Bahweting Anishnabe and Nah Tah Wahsh.
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