Published on Jun 30, 2023
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) expressed disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to reject affirmative action policies in college admissions. NCAI President Fawn Sharp offered the following statement in response:
"Today's Supreme Court decision on affirmative action is exceptionally disappointing and fails to take into account the realities centuries of destructive policies can have on a population. By encouraging Native students to repress their culture and assimilate to Western ways of knowing, the Federal government’s educational policy fostered a spirit of alienation amongst Native youth that has carried across generations and stifled academic achievement--particularly with respect to postsecondary institutions. While everyone deserves to be considered on their merits, it does more harm than good to ignore the fact that Native people were subject to genocide, colonization, and assimilation. Only when these realities are confronted head-on will meaningful progress be made, which is why the National Congress of American Indians will continue to fight to bring visibility to these issues and look for solutions to ensure future generations have access to the education so many of our past generations did not."