Historic Fort Snelling - The confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers is a place of major social, cultural and historical significance to all people who have inhabited the region. With over 10,000 years of human history, this is a place where complex stories of many peoples converge.

It has been over 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, a disastrous time in Minnesota history. This site is a resource for learning about the war, its causes and far-reaching consequences.

This website provides students with the correct pronunciations of the Dakota words and phrases in Beginning Dakota/Tokaheya Dakota Iapi  Kin.

'I've never told anyone': Stories of life in Indian boarding schools, MPR News article

TeacherVision® is dedicated to helping teachers save time. Find 22,000 pages of classroom-ready lesson plans, printables and resources.

EducationWorld is a site for educators, a place where teachers gather and share ideas. This site lists resources that educators can visit each day to find high-quality lesson plans and research materials.

Index of Native American Resources

The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere - past, present and future - through partnership with Native people and others.

Native American Heritage Month. This site is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Admin.

Financial Aid for Minority Students. This website emphasizes the importance of diversity (particularly on college campuses) and provides a comprehensive scholarship list including financial aid opportunities exclusively reserved for African-Americans, Hispanics, women and other specific minority groups, as well as awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic. This website features a calendar with information on Pow Wows and other events from around the country.

A list of resources purchased by St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education Program in 2016.

A list of books purchased by St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education Program, categorized by school.



Several years ago the St. Francis Area Schools School Board voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day on school district calendars.

Indigenous Peoples Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors the first inhabitants of this land by honoring and celebrating their history and culture.  It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October.  Many people agree that Columbus did not "discover" America in 1492 but instead began the colonization of it. 

Below are some resources to help you when developing teaching lessons about Indigenous Peoples.