For Native Americans, Higher Ed Support Still Falls Short
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Philip Marcelo, The Christian Science Monitor
When Samantha Maltais steps onto Harvard's campus this fall, she’ll become the first member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to attend its prestigious law school. It’s a “full-circle moment” for the university and the Martha’s Vineyard tribe, she says.
The call for colleges to prioritize the needs of students like Maltais comes at a critical time. During the pandemic, Native American students experienced the sharpest college enrollment decline of any racial or ethnic group, as economic hardships, health disparities, and the challenges of remote learning in isolated tribal communities forced many students to quit school.