Indian Education

Mission Statement:
The Office of Indian Education works to strengthen and promote positive experiences and educational outcomes for American Indian students statewide.

We work to accomplish this mission by:

  1. Building meaningful relationships
  2. Engaging in timely and courageous conversations
  3. Providing education and professional development
  4. Proposing and supporting policies
  5. Efficiently providing guidance and resources to districts and stakeholders
  6. Actualizing the Ten Minnesota Commitments to Equity

We value:

  1. Language, culture, and the significant and complex history of Indigenous peoples
  2. The input of Minnesota's tribal nations and communities
  3. The perspective of parents and students
  4. The gifts and unique cultural needs of American Indian students
  5. Effective and innovative programming options

Vision Statement:
American Indian students will reach their full potential within their school communities through meaningful, equitable, and targeted educational experiences that affirms and values their unique cultural identities. 

Tribal Consultation Under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Tribal consultation creates opportunities for local educational agencies (LEAs) and tribal leaders to work together on behalf of American Indian students. Consultation allows affected LEAs to gather input from Tribal Nations, fostering the collaboration that is a critical part of improving academic outcomes for American Indian students. Tribal Consultation Guidance provides information on how LEAs can meaningfully consult with Tribal Nations.

Initial Tribal Consultation meetings should start taking place when meeting times and dates have been agreed upon by appropriate officials. The Consultation Foundations: Your First Meeting document outlines what might occur at your first Tribal Consultation meeting. It is suggested that you start with introductions, shared beliefs, and group norms. This foundation will allow for your group to agree on a process for meetings and decision-making. A sample ESSA Process Agreement is provided below, and is intended to help committees come to an agreement about the process the group will adhere to. We have also provided Effective Communication Tips and a sample of a decision-making strategy.

Please review all of the following materials in preparation for this process:
Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA: A Handbook for LEA and School Leaders
Consultation Foundations: Your First Meeting 
ESSA Process Agreement
Effective Communication Tips

American Indian Literature

A Youth and Young Adult Core Book Collection: Connecting to Minnesota English Language Arts Standards Created by the Minnesota American Indian Task Force and St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science Program's LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children/YA Literature course, this resource list provides titles and annotated bibliographies for American Indian-authored books connected to the Minnesota English Language Arts standards. This document will be revised on a yearly basis to reflect new books, out-of-print titles, or back-in-print titles. Visit Birchbark Books to view a list of books and prices.

District and School Self-Assessment for Implementing Indian Education

The Office of Indian Education is dedicated to supporting districts and schools to better serve the needs of American Indian students. As such, we are providing a Self-Assessment Rubric for your use. This voluntary rubric will increase the capacity of teachers, Indian educators, and district leaders to create culturally responsive and inclusive educational environments. It is designed to improve organizational, instructional and material capacity for practices that support American Indian students in the state of Minnesota.

Indian Education Curriculum