About Indian Education Program
The Saint Paul Indian Education program was created as a supplemental program of Saint Paul Public Schools in 1973 in response to the 1972 Indian Education Act. The initial purpose of the program was to provide supportive counseling and tutoring for American Indian students and their parents. In the early nineties the program increased its focus on language and cultural connection to improve the academic success of American Indian students. In 1992 the focus increased to include post-secondary planning and outreach efforts to eligible students who most needed assistance. The American Indian Education Program provides services to students; including parents and families.
The American Indian Education Program provides services to students, parents and families. All services are supplemental to existing services or are services not provided by another school program. American Indian Education Program services may be provided to any American Indian student who is:
- An enrolled member of a tribe, band or other organized group, including Alaskan Natives.
- The child or grandchild of a member of a tribe, band or other organized group.
- Groups on American Indian history, cultural identity, traditions,heritage, crafts, arts and literature standards and field trips. Provided to American Indian Students K thru 6th in several schools.
- Dakota/Lakota Language instruction. Social Studies standard. Offered to students attending Battle Creek Middle School and Harding Senior High.
- Cultural in-service for school staff
- Language Knowledge Bowl Competition. Teams of American Indian Studies students participate from American Indian Magnet School, Battle Creek Middle, and Harding Senior High.
Social Service Staff
- Work with district staff on best practices for American Indian Intervention Strategies
- Consultation with parents via home, school, and phone contacts; providing advocacy and referral. District wide service to American Indian parents and students.
- Assist school team and family to work together to improve academic success, school attendance and the social emotional function of American Indian students in Saint Paul Public Schools
Chemical Prevention K-12
- Preventative CD awareness groups utilizing "Project Alert" curriculum for grades 6-9
- Sobriety support groups grades 9-12
- "Families of Tradition" workshops for family members of our students.
- Recognition for American Indian Families within the program.
- One on one counseling for students and family members.
- Chemical prevention information within the schools to students and staff.
- Referrals/liaison to community chemical dependency programs.
Post Secondary Planning Program
- Advocacy, liaison services and counseling.
- Inservice parents and District staff on post secondary and financial aid.
- Assistance in obtaining financial aid.
- Coordinate college field trips.
- Coordinate college representatives to visit high schools.
Early Childhood Family Education
- Culturally specific parent information and support groups.
- Activities for children in classrooms that assist in social and emotional development.
- Family oriented field trips.
- Family time together in a learning environment.
- Open to children birth to kindergarten.
- School-age program 6 to 12 years in age.