Friday, February 17, 2006

Pacific Northwest Coast Indian School Preventing Dropout

The Nixyaawii Charter School, a Pacific Northwest Coast Indian school located in Oregon, managed to turn around the previously high dropout rates among American Indian students. Principal Annie Tester says attendance is key.

"We call. We pick them up," she said. "They don't fall through the cracks."

The school also brought native American languages and Pacific Northwest Coast Indian culture into their curriculum. Students study native American languages, choosing to learn either Nez Perce, Walla or Cayuse dialects. Most of the school's 65 students are American Indian.


For excellent examples of the region's American Indian culture, see Pacific Northwest Coast Indian Art.

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