Blackfoot School District board member Peter Lipovac says the courses are the result of a statewide effort to preserve the tribe’s language and history. The classes will be offered at Blackfoot High School during the upcoming school year.
The Idaho State Journal reports tribal members petitioned early this year to build a Shoshoni charter school for students in kindergarten through sixth grades, but that effort failed to gain traction in Bingham and Bannock counties.
Charter schools are funded with public money but given more freedom in how they operate and often have a particular focus.
Lipovac says the district’s decision to offer Shoshoni classes is not directly related to the failed charter school effort.
Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com