Report: Inequities Continue to Haunt Indigenous Students in Humboldt County

A new report from the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is shedding light on the plight of indingenous students in Humboldt County.

The ACLU examined data from 10 of the county’s school districts: Arcata; Cutten Elementary; Eureka City Schools; Ferndale Unified; Fortuna Elementary; Fortuna Union High; Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified; Loleta Union; McKinleyville Union; and Northern Humboldt High.

Indigenous students were found to have far worse academic outcomes than their non-indigenous peers. They are five times as likely as white students to face suspension and their rates of chronic absenteeism are double that of all students statewide. The researchers partly blamed the legacy of colonialism and historical subjugation of Native American peoples.

The report also highlighted a health access dilemma affecting all students in Humboldt County. “Nearly 90% of districts in Humboldt County — 28 districts in total — did not employ a single school nurse,” it said. At 22 of the districts, there is no school psychologist.

Read the entire report here.