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Education • Federal control of the education of Native American children has had mixed results from the beginning. Several tribes started their own school systems at the beginning of the nineteenth century, financing the schools themselves. The Cherokee tribe developed an extensive school system that taught both English and Cherokee, the latter using an alphabet developed by the famed leader Sequoyah. Literacy for the Cherokees was estimated at 90 percent by the mid- 1800s, and they even produced a bilingual newspaper. The Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole also maintained school systems, but by the end of the nineteenth century, all these schools had been closed by federal order. • Not until the 1930s did the federal government become committed to ensuring an education for Native American children. Despite this push for education, numerous problems face Native American students: 1) A serious problem in Native American education has been the unusually high level of underenrollment. Many children never attend school, or they leave while in elementary school
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