Indigenous history, culture cut from South Dakota standards

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FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2021, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla. Gov. Noem announced Tuesday, June 29, 2021, that she will join a growing list of Republican governors sending law enforcement officers to the U.S. border with Mexico. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Teachers, educators and other South Dakota citizens charged with crafting new state social studies standards say Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration deleted many elements intended to bolster students’ understanding of Native American history and culture from their draft.

Members of the working group said Tuesday they were caught by surprise when the department released the new document last week.

They say changes made to the draft they submitted in late July gave it a political edge they had tried to avoid, instead of aligning with the Republican governor’s rhetoric on what she calls patriotic education.

The Department of Education has not responded to a request for comment.

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