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American Indian Education Department


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

Contact Us

Tikvah Kirkpatrick
American Indian Equity Coordinator

Lisa Cicha
American Indian Education Liaison

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 on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. All meetings will have a virtual option (Google Meet and dial-in) until further notice. AIEPAC will decide upon the availability of an in-person meeting on a monthly basis. 

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

2020-21 School Year Meeting Dates
  • October 27, 2020 (Virtual and In-Person)
  • November 24, 2020 (Virtual-only)
  • December 22, 2020 (cancelled)
  • January 26, 2021
  • February 23, 2021
  • March 23, 2021
  • April 27, 2021
  • May 25, 2021

Agenda Topics
Email agenda topics to at least five days prior to the meeting.



Photo: Denise Lajimodiere

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:
or 651-209-8640

View the entire flyer (PDF)


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


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. 



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. 

Screen Shot: PBS Native American Video Line-up

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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