SD Senate Education Committee approves bill to create four Oceti Sakowin schools

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate Education Committee approved a bill Thursday to create community-based schools for Native Americans.

It now goes to the full Senate.

The bill would create four Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, as well as provide criteria for the charter schools to receive state funding.

Democrat Senate Leader Troy Heinert is the prime sponsor of the bill. This is the third year he’s brought it to the legislature.

Heinert says the current system for native students is not sufficient.

“60 years of stagnant numbers for native kids, and now we have some of these schools that are that are operating but they’re operating on peanuts, you know, we’re begging and borrowing for money, but they’re doing great things.”

Heinert says he’s hopeful that this is the year the bill makes it through the entire process.

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