Update: Jan. 30, 2014 - As reported by Amber Griffin on the KMUD Local News, Jan. 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights will proceed with a formal investigation regarding alleged racial discrimination against Native American students at Loleta Union School District. The investigation was triggered by a complaint filed by the California Indian Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union on December 18, 2014. See the original post and a link to the complaint letter below. According to Amber Griffin, “The ACLU expects to sit down with the Office of Civil Rights by the end of the month to discuss allegations in detail."
Click here for additional information on this development appearing in an article by Will Houston in the Times-Standard.
The original post appears below.
Last evening KMUD News covered the suit filed against the Eureka School District by the ACLU and the National Center for Youth Law in behalf of a group of students. See the post below: "ACLU files discrimination suit against Eureka City Schools." Now another complaint has surfaced. This one from the California Indian Legal Services and the ACLU asking the Department of Education Civil Rights Division to investigate alleged racial discrimination against Native American students at Loleta Union School District. Click here to see the letter addressed to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Use the player below to hear this report, aired on Tues., Jan., 7, 2014 by KMUD News Anchor Christina Aanestad, including an interview with Delia Parr, the managing attorney with California Indian Legal Services who indicates they've made racial discrimination complaints to the Loleta Union School District since 2007. Also, Matt Mattson, Executive Director of Tribal Operations of the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, says that it's shocking that this kind of behavior could be occurring in 2014.
A lawsuit, naming a number of Eureka City School District employees and Board Members, was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Youth Law on behalf of four high school students. The plaintiff's Preliminary Statement declares that, "Defendants have subjected and continue to subject Black and Native American students to a racially hostile educational environment by engaging in and allowing pervasive racial harassment, disproportionately and unfairly disciplining Black and Native American students, disproportionately pushing Native American students out of District schools and into alternative schools, and providing racially-offensive and culturally-denigrating curricula in District schools." Click here to view a copy of the lawsuit legal document.
Use the player below to hear more on this story in a piece aired by KMUD News Anchor Christina Aanestad, on Mon. Jan., 6, 2014 as Jory Steele, Managing Attorney with the ACLU, explains that the lawsuit was a last resort after the parents had made dozens of complaints to school officials.