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Kwiyagat Community Academy Incorporates Ute Culture Into Learning

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How many beads will you need to cover your beaded bolo tie? It's a question kids at Kwiyagat Community Academy consider when they learn about geometry, and it's just one of the ways the academy melds education with Ute Mountain Ute culture. The new charter school on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation in Towaoc is one of a select few on tribal lands in the United States. Dan Porter is the head of the school. Betty Howe is a Ute Mountain Ute tribal member and elder who works at the academy incorporating Ute language.