Record-breaking cold pummeled Indian Country this winter. Temperatures in South Dakota, where less than a third of Native American students manage to complete high school, plunged into the negative digits. Survival kits entered the daily routine.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, in late February, a Senate committee hosted a hearing on “Early Childhood Development and Education in Indian Country.” Representing the Administration for Children and Families was deputy assistant secretary Linda Smith. For this Montana native, born and raised on the Flathead Reservation, this is no terra incognita. Smith volunteered in one of the first Indian Head . . . Read full article →