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ND super wants Indian culture taught in schools

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler wants American Indian culture taught in the state's classrooms.

Baesler says she wants to establish curriculum similar to Montana's ''Indian Education for All'' program that mandates Montana schools teach all students about its American Indian tribes and reservations.

Baesler and Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau attended an Indian Education Summit on Tuesday in Bismarck.

Juneau is a member of the North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes. She also is a former teacher on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Baesler and Juneau say the idea of the program is to integrate Indian education into existing curriculums such as math, reading, music, history and other subjects.

Juneau says the program "is not Indian education for Indians, it's Indian education for all.''

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