Bows and arrows of education


Pewha, Pewha, the students recite in unison, blowing the final words of a traditional Paiute prayer to the ears of a Creator. Heads rise from a position of reverence and with a sip of water the blessing is concluded. Allowance for prayer is one of many exceptions taking place in this public school classroom. It is here that an indigenous language parched for speakers is slowly being hydrated back to health on the tongues of the youth. And it is here that the educational inequities plaguing American Indians are being shown a model for reform.

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