Dyami and Kathy

(c) Ron Pruitt

Dyami and Kathy


A Native American man named Dyami boarded the bus. Kathy boarded last and took her seat beside him. He introduced himself as Dyami meaning Eagle.


Kathy grew up in this small town and had just graduated high school. She was surprised that he spoke so intelligently. Kathy had never been around Indians before.


Dyami spent several hours teaching her the ways of Native American Tribes. He explained that he gotten his degree at Harvard and was returning to the reservation to teach American History to middle schoolers.


Kathy got quite an education herself that day.


Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 95


According to National Indian Education Association at http://www.niea.org/research/statistics.aspx:

Student Demographics (K-12)

  • During the 2010-11 school year, 52% of AI/AN 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds were enrolled in part-day or full-day preprimary programs, compared to 67% of Whites (alone). (Aud, Hussar, Johnson, et al., 2012)

  • In 2011, 52% of AI/AN (alone) children lived in two-parent households, compared to 75% of Whites (alone). (Aud, Hussar, Johnson, et al., 2012)
  • In 2009, 19% of AI/AN 9th grade females received special education services, compared to the national rate of 7% for all 9th grade females, and 8% for White 9th grade females. In the same year, 27% of AI/AN 9th grade males received special education services, compared to the national average of 13% for all 9th grade males, and 13% for White males. (Ross, Kena, Rathbun, et al., 2012)
  • During the 2008-09 school year, 40% of AI/AN students attended a school that did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress, compared to 33% of White students. (Ross, Kena, Rathbun, et al., 2012)
  • During the 2007-08 school year, there were 741 public schools located in AI/AN areas, with 82,406 AI/AN students. (Common Core of Data, 2008)
  • In public schools with high AI/AN enrollment, only 16% of teachers are AI/AN. (Manuelito, 2003)


Just an FYI that I had to recreate this post because of security problems and needing to use a backup file. Sorry, Susan…


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