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    I'm an ASU alum.  I'm aware of some of the recent outreach and of HS dropout rates in the most at-risk communities.  My experience in an integrated off-reservation suburban high school (with a low grad rate even among non-Hispanic whites) was that almost all of the Indian kids I grew up (my elementary school was closest to the reservation) with dropped out.  I recognize the extreme difficulties facing members of these communities, but (along with some additional support) I think tribal governments should make high school attendance or alternative school compulsory thru graduation for tribal members under 21.  It would help if some states (like AZ) raised dropout ages from 16 to 18.  There was also a lot of tension between the decision to attend school on and off the reservation (which by my time was largely a matter of choice).  Even those kids were in much better shape than kids in San Carlos, who until reorganization of state education funding (what 20-odd years ago now?) were served by the school district with the lowest funding in the state (an even then grossly inadequate ~$600/each).  I knew some "English" teachers who lived in the trailer park in Kayenta, teaching school on the Navajo reservation in the 90's.  I have almost no knowledge of the situation of smaller, even more isolated tribes like the Hualapai.  

    Personal and inconsequential anecdote:

    The closest I got to spending any time near that situation was a sub-contract in the mid-80s to (re)build the water system serving the North and South Rims.  My Dad told the Park Service their design was shoddy (he redesigned it for better operability, lower cost, and longer service life), and got tossed off the contract by the prime!  He did the same thing 15-20 years later at the IHS hospital in Whiteriver and got a prime contract for emergency generator replacement that cut the government's price in half, and allowed me to spend a "vacation" working full-time in Whiteriver.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 08:28:24 PM PST

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