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Sept. 30, 2021: Finding Support For Indigenous College Students

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Jeremy Wade Shockley / For The Hechinger Report / CPR News
Nina Polk, who is Diné (Navajo), Sičangu Lakota, San Carlos Apache and Quechan, holds a traditional Great Lakes lacrosse stick. Tribes such as the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and Ojibwe played traditional lacrosse before it was appropriated by European settlers, who adapted it to create modern lacrosse.

The last school year was tough on students everywhere. Among collegians, that was particularly true for Indigenous students, who already faced an uphill battle compared with peers. Journalists Charlotte West and Monica Braine kept up with three Indigenous students, including Nina Polk who attends Fort Lewis College in Durango.