It’s been almost a year since Barry Dunn promised to address achievement gaps for Native American students.

Since then, the president of South Dakota State University has been working with college leaders to put together a plan to not only increase the number of Native American students on campus, but also to make sure those students graduate. 

The plan: It’s called the “Wokini Initiative.” Wokini means “new life” in Lakota, and Dunn says it’s a sincere effort to move forward in closing achievement gaps while recognizing the challenges Native American students have faced in the past. 

How to help them succeed:Treat them as if they were student athletes, who receive special scholarships and very intentional mentoring throughout their college career. SDSU plans to open a student center specific to Native American students to help them…