April 30, 2010
By Kara Briggs, American Indian News Service
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In photo below: North Dakota's Standing Rock High School Band performs on the back of a flatbed truck. (Courtesy of Kim Cournoyer)
Washington, D.C. -- Ten years ago Kim Cournoyer answered an ad seeking a music teacher at the high school on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Fort Yates, N.D.
An urban Indian, Cournoyer was raised in the Chicago suburbs, far from the rural reservation of her forbears, which straddles the border of North and South Dakota. But the University of South Dakota-trained clarinetist had a dream of starting an all-Indian high school band.
"I believe the students need to embrace their culture, kind of like I did," said Cournoyer, 45, who is Standing Rock Sioux, like most of her students.
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