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Indian Education Advisory Council Not Terribly Interested in Noem’s Fake Anti-CRT Order

The South Dakota Indian Education Advisory Council had one item on its agenda yesterday, to discuss Governor Kristi Noem’s Executive Order 2022-02, the campaign stunt in which she pretends she is banning critical race theory from K-12 schools. But evidently the members of the Indian Education Advisory Council don’t view the matter as critical:

…the teleconference fell short of the majority needed for a quorum, as only a handful of the council’s 27 members called in.

Fred Osborn, who is director of the state Office of Indian Education… twice asked for patience while attempts went out to get more members onto the call. Twelve minutes after the scheduled start time, he told those waiting, “We still do not have a quorum present.” He added, “However, discussion is allowed.”

There was no discussion [Bob Mercer, “No-Shows Keep Indian K-12 Panel from Meeting on CRT,” KELO-TV, 2022.05.11].

According to the minutes (hmmm… since there was no quorum, there was no meeting, so there can’t really be minutes; maybe we should call them seconds), council member Sarah White of Rapid City asked if the Office of Indian Education plans to “counter” EO 2022-02. OIE director Osborn, who also sits on the politically rigged social studies standards revision committee, said his office is still pushing the Oceti Sakowin Educational Understandings & Standards and, as a branch of the Department of Tribal Relations and not the Department of Education, is not subject to the Governor’s order. (Osborn is technically correct—EO 2022-02 applies solely to the Department of Education—but if he keeps letting defiant talk like that sneak onto the record, he’ll find himself getting a special meeting at the Mansion.)

The Indian Education Advisory Council will try again next week Wednesday (1 p.m. Central! on Zoom! log in, people!) to discuss Executive Order 2022-02 and whether Indians can still be part of education in Kristi Noem’s South Dakota.


  1. Mark Anderson 2022-05-12 08:41

    South Dakota needs to ban any discussion of those wonderful Native American boarding schools. They need to do this quickly before Interior Secretary Deb Haaland releases even more of the divisive and dark history of all the deaths that occurred there. After all, the government only took Native American youngsters away from their families at 8 years old, cut their hair, made them speak only English, gave them new Americanized names. That didn’t hurt them did it? They took care of them didn’t they? Just ask the Moms for Liberty, they will give you the whitewashed truth of American History, without any violence or porn. Well maybe a little porn but only for awhile. Just until they burn all those books.

  2. Arlo Blundt 2022-05-12 22:11

    Good for the South Dakota Indian Education Advisory Council. Ignore Mrs. Noem, it’s the one response she can’t stand.

  3. larry kurtz 2022-05-13 08:19

    Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish in South Dakota schools? Sure, that’s cool; but learning where students are steeped in American Indian languages is giving the next generation of Natives opportunities to preserve their heritage.

    Tony Reider, Cyndi Weddell and Ryan Kills-A-Hundred talked with students about their first-hand experience of working within Tribal government and businesses and further spoke on topics ranging from basic tribal history, to the complexities of nation-to-nation relationships. Newly appointed tribal spokesman David Kills-a-Hundred told the Moody County Enterprise that the Council wanted to thank the school for hosting them.

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