Navajo, feds sign agreement giving tribe greater control over schools. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| October 5, 2016

By Jessica Suerth • Cronkite News • Navajo-Hopi Observer

WASHINGTON – Federal officials signed an agreement with Navajo leaders Sept. 27 giving the tribe the authority to implement a single set of standards, assessments and accountability measures for tribal schools that are scattered over three states.

Before the agreement between Navajo officials and the secretaries of Education and the Interior, the tribe’s 66 Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools were subject to regulation by Arizona, New Mexico, Utah or the BIE.

“You’re not dealing with the complexities of three different states and three different sets of rules as you take on how to instill a great education … that honors the rich culture and language of the Navajo Nation,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said at the signing ceremony.

Jewell said that has not always been the “case over the hundreds of years of education that was done to you, as opposed to with you.”

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