Teaching and Learning

The following informational resources will enhance the classroom experience for Native learners and strengthen outcomes for all students districtwide. 

American Indian Education Resources

Bdote Memory Map 
The Memory Map helps users to develop a deeper understanding of the Dakota people and their relationship to Minnesota by “traveling” in four distinct directions–east (We Are Home), south (Dakota Greeting), west (Mnisota: A Dakota Place), and north (the site core).
 
IllumiNative
A Native-founded nonprofit, IllumiNative supports and promotes contemporary Native voices and narratives. They focus on pop culture, media, K-12 education, philanthropy, and government, and seek to provide accurate and positive representations of Native peoples.

The IDA supports users in their exploration of the history of US government Indian boarding schools in the 19th and 20th centuries, and includes over 500,000 archival documents.

Indigenous Digital Archive Treaties Explorer

The IDA Treaties Explorer is an expansive compilation of 374 ratified Indian treaties, spanning more than 100 years.

 
Indigenous Peoples Day Resources
A collection of resources to learn about Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous people as well as resources to help teach about Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous people.
 
Lessons of Our Land 
Developed by the Land Tenure Foundation, Lessons of Our Land offers pre-K through grade 12 curriculum to teachers so they can easily incorporate Native American games, stories and lessons into the classroom. Of particular note is the When Rivers Were Trails video game, newly released in 2019.

Migizi
Migizi is a Native American non-profit that supports the educational, social, economic and cultural development of American Indian youth. They frequently partner with schools to bring cultural, educational, and career-building resources to students and young adults. 
 
Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education
The Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education provides a variety of vetted Dakota and Ojibwe K-12 educational resources aligned to academic standards in social studies.
 
Mni Sota Makoce Curriculum 
Developed by Darlene St. Clair and a team of Dakota educators, this curriculum is aligned to sixth grade social studies standards and examines Minnesota’s relationships to the Dakota through a Native lens. Course materials include video, audio, graphics and written content, along with downloadable lessons. 

National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
The NIEA offers a variety of high quality virtual resources for schools, educators, parents, and students.

Native Governance Center
This Native-led nonprofit organization serves Mni Sota Makoce, North Dakota and South Dakota. They offer a variety of valuable resources, including those focused on understanding and creating authentic land acknowledgements.
 
Native Skywatchers 
Native Skywatchers combines science, art, and culture to provide unique, interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming, with the goal of improving inequities in education.
 
Ojibwe-Dakota in Minnesota 
Brought to you by the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale American Indian Education department, this website offers a variety of wonderful resources for educators, including extensive classroom lessons, language resources, and systematic guidance in building learning/culture trunks. Information is free to all.  

Understand Native Minnesota
Brought to you by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), Understand Native Minnesota is a "philanthropic campaign focused on Native American narrative change in Minnesota’s schools. This campaign aims to improve public attitudes toward Native Americans by incorporating greater awareness and sensitive treatment of Native Americans, along with accurate information about their history, culture, and modern tribal governments into Minnesota’s K-12 education system".
 
Why Treaties Matter 
Brought to you by the Minnesota Humanities Center, this traveling exhibit is an excellent educational tool for schools and offers detailed content for classroom use. This exhibit is also available as a virtual experience. 

506 Form
The ED 506 Form serves as the official record of the eligibility determination for each individual child included in the student count for the federal Title VI Indian Education Formula Grant Program.

Native-Authored Book Collections
In 2017, the Office of American Indian Education and State Library Services collaborated with St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Sciences students to create its first-ever Native-authored book collection. This extensive collection provides recommended titles with annotated bibliographies for kindergarten through grade 12 students, and is aligned to the Minnesota English Language Arts standards. In 2019, the collection was updated to reflect new titles. The new iteration also features English Language Arts benchmarks. This partnership is ongoing and collections are continually updated.
 
2017 Native Authored Book Collection
2019 Native Authored Book Collection
 
Online Literature Resources
 
American Indians in Children’s Literature 
This highly respected blog was established by Dr. Debbie Reese of Nambé Pueblo, and provides critical analysis of Indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books. Dr. Jean Mendoza is a co-editor. 
 
Birchbark Books 
Owned by author Louise Erdrich, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, this cozy Minneapolis bookshop has gained a loyal following for its carefully vetted collection of children and young adult books and its emphasis on Native-authored titles. Staff are experienced in selecting titles that align to academic standards, and educators receive a discount on classroom purchases.
 
The American Indian Library Association 
Founded in 1979, the American Indian Library Association promotes Native education, literacy, and community, and offers timely resources for educators.
 
The Minnesota Historical Society Press 
This local publishing house specializes in titles related to the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and features a nice selection of Native-authored children’s books, fiction, and nonfiction.