A year after parents sue over Havasupai school, little has changed for Grand Canyon tribe

| May 30, 2018

By Alden Woods • The Republic / azcentral.com

SUPAI — Tony Dearman walked out of the single-story school, down a dirt path and into the Havasupai Tribe’s council chambers. He took a metal chair and faced an angry village.

Dearman, the director of the Bureau of Indian Education, stared out at desperate parents and a skeptical school board. They demanded answers, solutions and promises. Anything to save Havasupai Elementary School.

It had been more than a year since nine Havasupai children and their families filed a landmark lawsuit against the federal government over its management of the school. Their complaint alleged “longstanding educational deprivations” that threatened the tribe’s future, including an almost nonexistent special education program and a constant teacher shortage.

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