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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
  • November 16, 2021
  • January 18, 2022
  • February 22, 2022
  • March 22, 2022
  • April 19, 2022
  • May 31, 2022

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

Fall Gathering
sponsored by St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education
Saturday, December 5 | 4:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Learning Center
4111 Ambassador Boulevard NW

Please join us at the St. Francis Learning Center for a drum circle, learn about harvesting wild rice and dinner.

The West End Singers will be performing! They are an Ojibwe Group from the Red Lake Nation and have been singing and drumming together for 30 years. 

Robert Rice will talk on wild rice harvesting and his company Pow Wow Grounds will be catering the meal. Robert has been harvesting wild rice since 1974.

Have questions? Please contact indianeducation@isd15.org or call Haley Dagle at 763-213-1575.


 

November is National Native American Heritage Month!

It is a month dedicated to celebrating and honoring Native ancestry, culture, and traditions. This dedication was started in 1990 and has happened annually since 1994. The 2021 Presidential Proclamation was posted on October 29.

As we go through this month, I would like to encourage you to participate in some of the events hosted in Minnesota and virtually around the Nation.

The REDress Project, an outdoor exhibit recognizing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, is on display at St. Catherine University in St. Paul through Sunday, November 14. St. Kate's is providing free parking permits to attending guests in The O'Shaughnessy lot or Dew Drop lot (campus map). 

For more information about the REDress Project, check out these links:

http://gallery.stkate.edu/exhibitions/the-redress-project

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is hosting a Native Cinema Showcase from Friday, November 12 through Thursday, November 18. Please check out the Showcase Schedule, as there are movies and shorts about many topics! 

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