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Native American students upset over educator’s ouster

May 11, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Some students at a Catholic school serving Native Americans in Montana are unhappy after a popular administrator announced she had been dismissed.

The Billings Gazette reported Saturday students at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland planned a walkout in protest, prompting the school to cancel classes Thursday and Friday.

Director of Schools Crystal Redgrave told staff members in an email that school officials had ended her employment effective June 30.

The newspaper said St. Labre Executive Director Curtis Yarlott didn’t return phone messages Friday.

Student government leader Shelrae Limpy, one of the walkout organizers, says students haven’t been told why Redgrave is leaving.

Redgrave advocates a culturally rooted education for Native American students that includes focusing on spiritual and emotional elements as well as cognitive and physical education.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com