AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

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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. 

Any child who meets the following definition may be counted for this purpose.
Definition: Indian means any individual who is
1) a member of an Indian tribe or band
2) a descendent in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) of a member of an Indian tribe or band
3) considered by the United States Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose
4) an Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska native
5) a member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian education act of 1988.

If your child meets any of the above definition please complete the Title VI ED 506 Indian Student Eligibility Certification Form.

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. in room E210 at St. Francis High School with the option of Google Meet. 

2022-23 School Year Meeting Dates

  • September 20

  • October 18

  • November 15

  • December 20

  • January 17

  • February 21

  • March 21

  • April 18

  • May 16

Meeting 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

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The American Indian Education elementary students had the opportunity to participate in a field trip with Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) about animals. Students explored nature, looked at animal tracks, and learned how to identify and classify animals. Students Wyatt Kauppi and Sabrina Van Denburgh participated in a summer internship with CCESR. They worked with Elders to research Dakota and Ojibwe plant names and uses and created a trail guide, and a free trail-library. You can view their contributions to the ecology trail at an unveiling in the spring! More information to come.

Events

2023 Winter Games Flyer

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. 

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.

Visions from the Land: Native Interpretations- Reedy Gallery Exhibit Jan. 12-March 26, 2023

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view the work of four regional Indigenous artists — James Autio, Gordon Coons, Anna Johnson and Ivy Vainio. Each artist uses a different technique or process to produce captivating art inspired by the natural world. On Opening Night of the Spring Flower Show, Feb. 2, Gordon Coons will present an ArtTalk at 6:30 p.m. about his Ojibwa woodland style of paintings, which involve burning cedar to make fumage and smoke art embellished with 24-karat goldleaf. 

This exhibit is included with general daily admission; free for members, $15 for non-members ages 16 and older; free for ages 15 and younger.

Science Museum of Minnesota- Indigenous Museum Access Program

The Indigenous Museum Access program allows free exhibit gallery and Omnitheater admission, along with free parking, to visitors who identify as Indigenous. This program is part of our ongoing Indigenous reconciliation work, through which we are working to acknowledge the wrongs museums have enacted on Indigenous populations. We are committed to authentically engaging with communities and honoring, amplifying, and uplifting Indigenous ways of knowing.

Indigenous community members interested in the program can reach out to the Contact Center at (651) 221-9444 or info@smm.org to set up reservations.

Community Opportunities

Calling Native Artists

Lower Phalen Creek Project, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and the Minnesota State Arts Board are looking for a Native artist team to work with their environmental restoration team to develop a functional design for a native bee habitat sculpture for the Wakaŋ Tipi Center. Learn more by attending an upcoming info session.

Click here to register for the session on Mon, Jan 30th

Click here to register for the session on Wed, Feb 8th

Both sessions will be held from 5 - 7 pm via Zoom. Contact Ben Gessner with questions at bgessner@lowerphalencreek.org.