Other issues discussed included the poor and possible unhealthy facilities that the school currently occupies and leases from Heart of the Earth, Inc. In addition, questions regarding financial accountability and use of funds by both parties were raised.
Overall, the situation is not good and does not appear to have a quick and effective resolution. Unfortunately, those with the most to lose are the children and families who desire and deserve a high quality, indigenous-centered education.
Now, we could view this as a terrible problem and attempt to band-aid it with a temporary fix resulting in more of the same or we could view this as an opportunity to unite a community around a common desire to have a state-of-the-art school and community facility that houses 21st century innovative learning opportunities rooted in language and culture. We can come up with a short term attempt or a long term solution. Collectively, we possess the ability and knowledge....but do we possess the desire?
It is time for a new community school facility--a new school to match a new and revived community expectation of excellence. The community "expectation bar" has slipped to a dangerous low. Let us stand together and raise up our own bar and then help each other to cross-over the bar. (I must be watching to many olympic commercials of the high jump and pole vault)
I challenge the Bush Foundation to help fund a new American Indian school in the urban area...thats nation building.