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American Indian Education Department

Office

St. Francis High School 
3325 Bridge Street NW
St. Francis, MN 55070

Contact Us

indianeducation@isd15.org

Haley Dagle
American Indian Equity Coordinator
763-213-1575
haley.dagle@isd15.org

Lisa Cicha
American Indian Education Liaison
763-213-1609
lisa.cicha@isd15.org


Form 506

Form 506, which is the Title VI ED 506 Indian Student Eligibility Certification Form, is to be completed by a parent/guardian and returned to the student's school. In order to apply for a formula grant under the Indian Education Program, the school must determine the number of Indian students enrolled. 

American Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee (AIEPAC)

The AIEPAC serves in an advisory role to St. Francis Area Schools to ensure that the educational and cultural needs of American Indian students are being met. High school American Indian students, parents, guardians, grandparents, foster parents, school staff, and community members interested in supporting American Indian Education are encouraged to attend; your input is very important.

Meetings will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  AIEPAC will decide upon the availability of an in-person meeting on a monthly basis. 

2021-22 School Year Meeting Dates
  • Tuesday, September 21
  • Wednesday, October 13, the dates for the rest of the meetings will be determined

If meetings are virtual, invitations have gone out to all known AIE parent email addresses. Other people wishing to attend can request an invitation by sending an email to indianeducation@isd15.org

Agenda Topics
Email agenda topics to indianeducation@isd15.org at least five days prior to the meeting.

AIEPAC Bylaws

Art: September 30 National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools boardingschoolhealing.org

The St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education (AIE) Department would like to highlight the National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools (also known as orange shirt day), September 30. The Native American Boarding Schools were tools used to remove Native children from their homes to implement a cultural genocide. The children were punished for speaking their native languages and practicing cultural activities, their hair was cut, and their traditional clothing was banned. The children and their families experienced immense traumas that are still impacting Native people.

The AIE Department has provided age-appropriate resources for each school in the district to utilize tomorrow, and we encourage that you use these resources beyond the Day of Remembrance. 

For your own knowledge, I am including links with great information that you may find helpful in understanding the history and the legacy of Native Boarding Schools. 

U.S. Indian Boarding School History

List of Indian Boarding Schools in the U.S.

Ways to support National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

Impact of Historical Trauma

Healing Voices Movement- Stories

Opportunities

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Minnesota Historical Society Presents:
A Conversation with Denise Lajimodiere

Video Available via Minnesota Historical Society Facebook Page

Join elder, educator, author, and artist, Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe) and curator Benjamin Gessner in a conversation about revitalizing cultural arts and transferring knowledge to a new generation of makers. Lajimodiere is skilled in Mazinibakajige, the Ojibwe art of birch bark biting. Hear about this unique art form and the work Lajimodiere did during her Native American Artist-in-Residency with MNHS. View this video to learn more about birch bark biting with Denise Lajimodiere. 


 

Flyer: Inviting Two Spirit and Native LGBTQIA Youth and Friends Virtual Meeting

Two-Spirit or Native LGBTQIA+

Friends from the Dakota Child & Family Clinic invite Native youth ages 13-18 from across Minnesota to join a virtual discussion to share what you need to feel supported as a young Two-Spirit or Native LGBTQIA+ community member or friend.

Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 5:00-6:30 pm CST | ZOOM Video Call

To RSVP or learn more contact: support@dakotachildandfamily.org
or 651-209-8640

View the entire flyer (PDF)


 

End-Of-Year Picnic 2021

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Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society has abundant opportunities for to delve into American Indian culture and history. Below are a few examples of what you can find through the MNHS website MNHS.ORG

LEARN WITH NORTHERN LIGHTS E-BOOK

The award-winning Northern Lights Interactive eBook is accessible for kids, parents, teachers, and history lovers! The only comprehensive digital curriculum for Minnesota Studies used in schools across the state, the Interactive eBook explores the diverse history of our state through stories, videos, audio narration, and more to engage children and anyone curious about Minnesota history. 

ACCESS THE E-BOOK

DISCOVER NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

Watch short videos featuring artists from the MNHS Native American Artists-in-Residence Program. NAAIR artists, who work in traditional art forms such as birch bark, beadwork, and basket weaving, share how their residencies have advanced their understanding of their art.

     WATCH HERE     

The National Museum of the American Indian

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

People were invite  to submit a photo showing how they honored National Indigenous Peoples Day and/or International Indigenous Games Day, at home or in the community.

Below are the submissions.

Photo Carter hold his Indigenous Peoples Day Drawing
Photo: Red Maple Trees by the Stormwater Bio Retention Basin

Nature walk along stormwater bio retention basin with native prairie plants. 

Photo: People Cooking a Pheasanr

One family celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day by making their favorite dinner of pheasant pot pie.

Photo: Native American Meal

 

Photo: Swans swimming in a lake

This was taken on Ojibwe land Saturday as some quiet time was had enjoying nature.

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

PBS: Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month With Films Featuring Indigenous Voices. 

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Visit PBS to stream the above films. 


 

Celebrate and honor the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and important contributions of Native people with the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Screen Shot: Minneapolis Institute of Art Virtual Native American Exhibition

Attend a webinar, webcast, film or other online event sponsored by the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Screen Shot: Library of Congress Native American Heritage Month Webinar Series

Visit their co-site to register for an event. 


 

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month with the National Women's History Museum

Flyer: Native American Heritage Month Poster Influential Women

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