A good education is the base for any successful future. Minnesota has always prided itself as a national leader in education. I believe that American Indian students should not be excluded from Minnesota's exceptional education. A fundamental aspect of creating a place of learning is having a structure that is conducive to learning. Children in Indian schools must be able to learn in a safe environment with modern facilities. Yet Indian school buildings are often unsafe, harmful to the health of children and teachers, and ultimately detrimental to the education of students in Indian country. It is unjust to expect Indian students to succeed academically if we fail to provide them with a proper environment to achieve success. As a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, one of my priorities is getting federal funding allocated to Minnesota's Indian schools. I've been working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to increase the amount of funding that goes to repairing and replacing insufficient facilities and I’m committed to making sure that Indian children in Minnesota are able to learn with dignity.