Santee graduation rate increase, leaders credit culture curriculum
December 8, 2022
Student pride – and the graduation rate – are on the upswing at the public school on the Santee Native Reservation. School leaders trace that success to a new effort to teach students the tribe’s culture.
For the first time, students are learning Santee Dakota history, language and customs – subjects long ago banned.
The new cultural program has boosted attendance and helped the iSanti Community School in Niobrara hit a 100% graduation rate two years running, school leaders say.
It hasn’t always gone smoothly. A recent teacher dust-up related to teaching Santee culture led to thr...