BREAKING – Historic Settlement Reached in Advancing the Educational Rights of Native American Students – Read the Settlement HERE.
This landmark federal lawsuit, Stephen C. v. BIE, is brought by nine child plaintiffs and the Native American Disability Law Center to hold the BIE accountable for providing quality education to Native children.
Among one of the key wins in the settlement is the BIE has issued the first-ever national policy implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, an anti-discrimination law the BIE admits it must comply with. The policy includes how to identify, evaluate and provide accommodations to students with disabilities, including those exposed to childhood trauma to ensure they are provided equal access to education.
All parties are currently working on implementation of the settlement.
**The photographs of Havasupai children above were taken by Lois Hirst, and originally published in the book I am the Grand Canyon by Stephen Hirst.