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Native American Teachers Few And Far Between in Wyoming’s Highly Native Schools

But in schools in Lander and Riverton, the biggest towns bordering the reservation, Native Americans make up fewer than 3 percent of the teachers, despite about 15 percent of students there being native. Nationwide, classroom teachers are even less diverse. A 2011 analysis of U.S. Department of Education data showed teachers of color made up 17 percent of the teaching force nationwide, though minority students accounted for 48 percent of the classroom population.