The South Dakota Legislature's State–Tribal Relations Committee held an open forum Thursday to discuss Native American education in the state and the ongoing problems they're facing.
Tribal relations committee members listened as members from various organizations spoke out about education in the state, mainly Native American education.
The major concern was retention rates and the level of education some Native Americans obtain by the time they get to the college level. The goal of these meetings is to find out what is being done at the moment and what can be done for the future. Those who attended believe there is a solution, but it will take multiple parties to reach.
"I think right now we have some serious problems clear across the board, clear across the country, in education, and it's going to take all stake holders to come together," said Phil Baird, Academic Vice President of United Tribes Technical College. "One single school, one single college cant get it all done."
Two meetings have been held so far regarding the future of education in the state and one more meeting will be held but a date and time has yet to be determined.