American Indian Education


Nell Barri
American Indian Liaison

Indian Education Aid

A school district, charter school, or American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant school enrolling at least 20 American Indian students on October 1 of the previous school year is eligible for Indian Education Aid.

The purpose of this program is to increase academic achievement, decrease the dropout rate, and improve the school climate of American Indian students in a culturally appropriate manner. This program provides districts with the opportunity to create comprehensive, sustainable Indian education programs that serve the needs of all American Indian students in the district from preschool through grade 12.

American Indian Parent Advisory Council (AIPAC)

Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.78, requires that all Minnesota districts and tribal schools with 10 or more American Indian students have an American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC). These committees serve in an advisory role to the district and help ensure that American Indian students are receiving culturally relevant and equitable educational opportunities. If you are the parent or relative of an American Indian student in School District 197 and are interested in joining AIPAC, please contact Nell Barri, our American Indian Cultural Liaison.


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