Drop Out Crisis

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A school in the San Francisco Bay area with roots to a historical occupation and a graduation activity that involves 3-year old students beading their own graduation belts may soon close its doors. Students, alumni, parents, staff and community members have pledged to do whatever it takes to save Hintil Kuu Ca, a pre-kindergarten child development center (CDC) they say is unlike any other.

Filmmaker Milt Lee cannot stomach Hollywood’s compulsion to relegate Native Americans to one of two places - a pedestal of historic glorification that makes them all spiritual leaders, healers, etc. or as the poster child of the third world in America. He tackles this perception head-on in his latest documentary Video Letters from Prison, to be released this Spring.

This student film compares dropping out of school to becoming like a zombie, due to the impact that it will have on a person's future.

A group of kids celebrate their father, whose commitment to their education propels them toward graduation.

Makala is a Native American student athlete who must balance her time between sports and school.

A young Ponca boy is at odds with his father over the importance of staying in school to complete his education, or joining the work force.

Native American Actor Zahn McClarnon (Standing Rock Sioux) shares his stories on why graduating high school is very important.

Film Writer and Director, Tim Ramos (California Pomo) shares his stories on why graduating high school is very important.

Aboriginal Fashion Designer, Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/ Cree) shares her stories on why graduating high school is very important.

Native American media artists Chris Eyre, Cody Blackbird, and more share their stories on why graduating from high school is so important.

Watch a panel, hosted by Calvert Collins, on Helping Native Americans Graduate, part of the American Graduate initiative.

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