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Your Black News: Native American Heritage Day To Highlight Abysmal Plight

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Native American Heritage Month

By: Julian Wolfson

November is Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to recognizing the culture and traditions of Native Americans, as well as their contributions to the U.S.

One of the most significant days this month will be the celebration of the first national annual Native American Heritage Day on November 28, which was created when Congress passed a resolution on January 3, 2008.

While this month is intended to commemorate the achievements of Native Americans, it also provides an opportunity to reflect upon many of the issues that are important to the Native American community.

One of the biggest concerns for Native Americans is education.  As reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, 15.1 percent of Native Americans ages 16-24 years old were high school dropouts in 2006.  This stands in stark contrast to the national high school dropout rate of 9.7 percent [...]

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