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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
  • December 14, 2021
  • January 18, 2022
  • February 22, 2022
  • March 22, 2022
  • April 19, 2022
  • May 31, 2022
2022-23 School Year Meeting Dates
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 20
  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16

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

Photo: CCESR Field Trip March 2022, students around a table
Photo: CCESR Field Trip March 2022, Students outside looking at tracks in the snow
Photo: CCESR Field Trip March 2022, Girl crouching looking at forest floor
Photo: CCESR Field Trip March 2022, Students walking across a snow covered field
Photo: CCESR Field Trip March 2022, everyone in a circle, indoor discussion
Photo: CCESR Field Trip March 2022, indoor discussion

On March 3,  American Indian Education students in grades 6-12 had the opportunity to participate in a field trip to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel facilitated by the St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education Program. Students explored nature, looked at animal tracks and learned about winter adaptations for animals. Indigenous storyteller, Marsha Van Denburgh, also shared some winter stories.

Photo: American Indian author Tara Perron held a virtual reading for students

On March 4, students in grades K-5 had the opportunity to participate in a virtual book reading with American Indian author Tara Perron. Perron read her Dakota book Animals of Khéya Wíta (Turtle Island) and her Ojibwe book Animals of Nimaamaa-aki (My Mother Earth). Students were also able to touch various animal pelts to feel the different textures.

Northern Indigenous Winter Games
sponsored by St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education
February 12, 2022

Participants learned how to play some of Minnesota's which included: Ojibwe Lacrosse on Ice, Double Ball on Snow, Snowsnake, Shinny on Snow, Oneida Football, Eskimo Tug of War, Inuit Games and more.

Photo: Indigenous Winter Games 2022 Participants outside in the cold sunshine
Photo: Indigenous Winter Games 2022 Participants getting ready to play lacrosse
Photo: Indigenous Winter Games 2022 Participants playing lacrosse
Photo: Indigenous Winter Games 2022 Participants finger weaving
Photo: Indigenous Winter Games 2022 Participants shimmying across of the gym floor

Fall Gathering
sponsored by St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education
December 4 , 2021

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.

Title Slide: American Indian Fall Gathering
Photo: Fall Gathering Photo
Photo: Fall Gathering Photo
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November was 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.

Photo: Lisa Cicha reading to early childhood students and parents

In November, American Indian Education staff member read to Early Childhood classes. The book is called We are Grateful by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frane Lessac, and it has some Cherokee language in it.


Photo: Posters for Native American Heritage Month done by elementary students

District elementary students made posters to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month and build awareness.

Photo: St. Francis Area Schools staff Lisa Cicha, Serina Gbakoyah, Haley Dagle and Donna Patterson from Minnesota Department

St. Francis Area Schools staff Lisa Cicha, Serina Gbakoyah, Haley Dagle, and Donna Patterson from the Minnesota Department of Education (pictured above L-R) visited the Red Dress Project at the College of St. Catherine. Metis artist Jaime Black created the outdoor project. The project is to mark the absence and evoke the presence of indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or have been murdered. Visit Black’s website for more information.

Photo: REDress Project on the campus of St. Catherine's, red dresses hanging in trees

Opportunities

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. 


 

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