1941 public laws – Ch. 370 Sec. 2

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CHAPTER 370 AN ACT TO PROVIDE BETTER EDUCATIONAL AD- VANTAGES FOR MEMBERS OF THE INDIAN RACE IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA NOT OTHERWISE PRO- VIDED FOR. WHEREAS, there are no provisions now made by the State for the education of certain Indian children of Eastern North Carolina beyond the high school grades; and WHEREAS, there are Indian schools in the Counties of Samp- son, Hoke, Scotland, Cumberland, Bladen, Person, and Harnett; and WHEREAS, the Indian children enrolled in these schools have no place provided by the State to pursue their education beyond the eleventh grade and in some instances not even past the elementary grades; and WHEREAS, ample provisions have been provided by the State for higher education and teacher training of the other races; and WHEREAS, it is the desire of the department of education that better educational advantages be provided for the Indian chil- dren, including courses of instruction in teacher training and vocational education in order that equal justice under the Con- stitution may be done toward these people: Now, therefore, The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

That in said vocational and normal school so created there shall be provided such courses of instruction in vocational education, teacher training and higher education as the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction may deem necessary and proper in order to furnish said Indians the necessary and proper educational facilities. A preparatory department may be established in connection with any such school, and the said State Board of Education shall have the power and authority to remove or close any such school established under the authority contained in this Act.

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