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WRHS students speak to state education board

WRHS youths speak to state board about American Indian education

Mar 28, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Three American Indian students from Fremont County School District 6 were invited to speak in front of the Wyoming State Board of Education in January.

Wind River High School freshman D'etta Durgin, junior Ambrielle Brown and senior Stephin Littleshield had been asked to address education in schools outside of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Brown said the state board was curious how the students felt about their education from a school not on the reservation.

She said that with schools on the reservation, American Indian students take cultural classes to learn more about American Indian heritage, in addition to their common core classes. Students are not able to take similar courses in schools outside of the reservation, she said.

"They wanted to know if we felt we were still getting a quality education," Brown said, adding she thinks she is. "I am glad they were concerned about whether we were getting a good education."

Littleshield, who will be attending Dartmouth College in New Hampshire this fall, said he was honored to be able to speak to the Wyoming State Board of Education.

"Service is a huge part of what I want to be as a person," Littleshield said. "Being able to speak on behalf of (American-Indian) students blew my mind."

District 6 superintendent Diana Clapp said she thought the meeting went well.

"The students did a great job of sharing with the board, and the board was receptive to their ideas," Clapp said.

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