Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 6, 2009

Michigan: Racism toward Native Americans in school

Civil rights accusation made against West Iron
By NIKKI YOUNK, Staff Writer

IRON RIVER- An Iron River man has filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) against the West Iron County Public Schools.
The man claimed that his son, a second-grader at Stambaugh Elementary, has been singled out because he is a Native American. According to the complaint, a white teacher grabbed the student on Jan. 26. The teacher has allegedly grabbed the student multiple times in the past, but the school district has taken no action against the teacher, the complaint added. "My son has had problems with white students, yet he is written up and the white students are not," the man stated in the complaint. "The respondent (West Iron County Public Schools) is looking for ways to write him up and force him to leave school."
Dave LaFreniere, regional director of the Michigan chapter of the American Indian Movement, has been following the case for years. "This child has been picked on since kindergarten, the kids beat up on him, but the school administration just sends him home," he said. "The kid has a right to an education." Read article ...

1 comment:

Ajijaak said...

This really sad. I hope that this little boy's voice and his family are fully heard. He is a "minority" in his own Anishinaabe/Ojibway territory. I am assuming he is Anishinaabe/Ojibway because that is the tribe up there.