Indian schools face decayed buildings, poverty

In this photo taken Sept. 26, 2014, students and faculty say the Pledge of Allegiance during an assembly at the Crystal Boarding School in Crystal, N.M. on the Navajo Nation. The school is one of 183 for Native American students run by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Indian Education. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with a plan to improve the schools that gives tribes more control. But the endeavor is complicated by disrepair of so many buildings, not to mention a federal legacy dating to the 19th century that for many years forced Native American children to attend boarding schools. (AP Photo/John Locher)WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing.

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