Indian Education

Program Services

The purpose of the Indian Education program is to increase academic achievement, decrease the dropout rate, and to improve the school climate of American Indian students in a culturally appropriate manner. This program addresses five specific goal areas, with a special focus on ensuring that all children are ready for school, all racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed, and that all students are college and career ready.

Cultural Enrichment

  • American Indian Literacy Resources
  • Cultural Support
  • Tribal Language Support
  • Tribal History Support
  • Cultural Field Trips
  • South of the River Powwow

Career & College Readiness

  • ACT Prep
  • College Visits
  • Scholarship Information

Academic Achievement

  • 3rd Grade Math & Literacy
  • Tutoring
  • Reading Coaches
  • 504 Plan Support
  • Individual Education Plan Support

Indian Education Curriculum:

American Indian College Scholarships

Indian Education Forms:

Other Information:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ mission is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

  • Genealogy: 

Indian Affairs does not conduct genealogical research or maintain a database that you can query in order to find information on your ancestor. Indian Affairs provides a Guide to Tracing Your Indian Ancestry, which provides some general information on the process. Once you’ve determined what tribe you are claiming heritage from contact the tribe, using the Tribal Leaders Directory to locate a phone number and address, to ascertain if you are eligible for enrollment in the tribe. Each tribe establishes their own requirements for enrollment in the tribe. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will issue a Certificate degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) that shows your blood quantum and tribal affiliation. You will want to contact the BIA agency that provides services to the tribe you’re claiming heritage from in order to obtain the CDIB card, that information can be found in the Tribal Leaders Directory. Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) Application & Instructions Tribal Leaders Directory

American Indian Parent Committee Meetings 2017-18

The American Indian Parent Committee (AIPC) serves in an advisory role to the Lakeville Area School District to help ensure that American Indian students receive culturally relevant and equitable educational opportunities. The AIPC is critical to the achievement and success of American Indian students statewide. Upcoming meetings:

  • Dec. 19, 2017
  • Feb. 20, 2018
  • April 24, 2018

American Indian Communities in Minnesota

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Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

Bois Forte Heritage Center 5344 Lakeshore Drive, PO Box 16 Nett Lake, MN 55772 218-757-3261 or 1-877-528-8519 Fax: 218-757-3312

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Top 12 Facts 1720 Big Lake Road Cloquet, MN 55720 800-365-1613

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

P O Box 428 Grand Portage 55605 218-475-2277

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Leech Lake Ojibwe – What We Have Been Gifted 190 Sailstar Drive NW Cass Lake, MN 56633 218-335-8200

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Mille Lacs Documentary Mille Lacs Band Government Center 43408 Oodena Drive Onamia, MN 56359 320-532-4181 Fax: 320-532-7505

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

Who is a Red Lake Ojibwe? Red Lake Nation Headquarters PO Box 550 Red Lake, MN 56671 218-679-3341 or 866-311-9758

White Earth Band of Ojibwe

The Circle of Life 29872 260th St Naytahwaush, MN 56566 218-983-3285 Fax: 218-983-4299

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

PO Box 217 Cass Lake, MN 56633 218-335-8581 Fax: 218-335-8496

Lower Sioux Indian Community

History of Lower Sioux Agency 39527 Res. Highway 1, P.O. Box 308 Morton, MN 56270 507-697-6185 Fax: 507-697-8617

Prairie Island Indian Community

5636 Sturgeon Lake Road Welch, MN 55089 651-385-2554 or 1-800-554-5473 Fax: 651-385-4180

Shakopee/Mdewakanton Sioux Community

A Remarkable People: The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community 2330 Sioux Trail NW Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-445-8900

Upper Sioux Community – Pezihutazizi Oyate

PO Box 147 5722 Travelers Lane Granite Falls, MN 56421 612-564-2360 Fax: 612-564-3264

American Indian Education Resources

Minnesota Humanities Center  Minnesota Department of Indian Education Minnesota Indian Affairs Council National Indian Education Association National Johnson O’Malley Association Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards   

Contact Us

Please contact Jacob Valtierra, School Success Liaison – or (612) 314-9496

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