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    By Elizaeth Stuart
    Salt Lake City, Utah (AP)

    In a windbreaker and skinny jeans, Annie Fregoso was just another Springville High School student absentmindedly twirling the wires of her iPod headphones around her finger as she waited recently for reading time to start at Nebo’s Native American tutor lab.

    Even though she’s one of only 265 Native American students in the district, Fregoso, a 15-year-old Cheyenne River Sioux who plans to attend college when she graduates, doesn’t feel her heritage sets her apart from or behind her classmates. “I’m just like everyone else,” she said. But knowing and accepting her heritage may be, educators say, the key to Fregoso’s success.

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