Forum on Native American history curriculum in the classroom

Published: Aug. 16, 2023 at 4:51 PM CDT
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NEW TOWN, N.D. (KMOT) – Educators and tribal leaders are working to figure out how to implement a law passed in recent years requiring Native American history to be included in the classroom.

North Dakota Senate Bill 2304 requires every school in the state to provide education on Native American history and culture.

Gov. Doug Burgum, R-ND, signed the bill into law in 2021.

Dr. Clayton Small, who is part of a non-profit that emphasizes Native history, visited the Fort Berthold Reservation this week to discuss with students and faculty the importance of Native American history, culture and what they call trauma-informed care.

“This is a really good practice to increase success for students, looking holistically. Trauma inform, and we hope that other schools in North Dakota would see what we’re doing here and join us,” said Small.

Roughly 440 school faculty and tribal members took part in the three-day event in New Town.