The White House on Wednesday released a report outlining the current state of education for Native American students, bleakly declaring that “Native youth — and Native education — are in a state of emergency.”
The report, titled “2014 Native Youth Report,” accompanied an announcement from President Barack Obama that the administration is launching an initiative to increase opportunities for Native American youth, called Generation Indigenous.
Ahniwake Rose, executive director for the National Indian Education Association, called the White House’s new initiative and report “unprecedented,” noting that “this is the first time that a sitting president has talked about Indian education since Kennedy.”
Still, Rose told The Huffington Post that the president’s efforts are just an important first step, and significant progress needs to be made. The White House report offers some reasons for this needed progress, and paints a dim picture of the current status of education for Native American students.