> Press Release: Native American Families and Winner School District Announce Settlement in Case Alleging Discrimination
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In March of 2006, the ACLU's Racial Justice Program, ACLU of the Dakotas and Attorney General of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe filed a complaint in federal district court on behalf of Native American families with children in South Dakota's majority-white Winner School District. The class action lawsuit claimed that the schools discriminated against Native American students in disciplining them, were hostile toward Native American families, and took statements from students involved in disciplinary matters that were later used to prosecute them in juvenile and criminal courts.
The Winner/Ideal Native American community and the Winner School District announced on June 18, 2007, that an agreement has been reached the lawsuit. Under the settlement agreement, which was approved by a federal court in December of 2007, the district will enact policies and practices to ensure that the rights of Native American students are not violated and to enrich the educational experience of all students. The settlement is a major victory for the Winner/Ideal Native American community, and for the community at large. The ACLU is now working with school officials, educational experts and the tribal community to achieve these goals.