Native American Education

**We don't have any events remaining for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please check back in fall 2019 to see upcoming opportunities. Summer scholarship and camp opportunities are listed below.**

Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC)

Throughout the year, Spring Lake Park Schools holds Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) meetings.  This committee is an opportunity for Native American students and their families to develop community, while partnering with Spring Lake Park Schools, to ensure Native American students receive culturally relevant and equitable educational opportunities.  

Our Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) meetings are complete for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please look for information about meetings for the 2019-2020 in September 2019.

For more information or questions contact Spring Lake Park representatives Kaline Sandven Marinello at ksandv@district16.org or Amber Turcotte at aturco@district16.org.

Scholarships Available

Ethel Curry American Leadership Scholarship - Undergraduate + Graduate    

  • What: An annual award administered by the Department of Education, Office of Indian Education
  • Award Amounts: Vary, but generally range from $1,000-4,000 per academic year
  • Eligibility: Native American students, enrolled in a certificate, associate, bachelor's, or graduate program, at an accredited school in Minnesota, with at least a 2.0 G.P.A.
  • Application: An applicant portfolio, click this link for portfolio directions, must be received by May 31, 2019
  • Contact: Kristen Aeikens at kristen.aeikens@state.mn.us or 651-582-8558 with questions

Native American Scholarship Database

  • What: A list of various scholarship opportunities
  • Eligibility: For Native American high school students entering college in 2019-2020
  • Where: Find opportunities by clicking the scholarship database

Summer Opportunities

Green Job Internships

  • What: A 10-week, 23 hours/week, internship in a "green" job, working with renewable energy and earning up to $2,500
  • Eligibility: For Native American job seekers, ages 17-24, who are not yet in college
  • More information: Go to the MIGIZI website or click here to see a flier
  • Contact/Apply: John Hunter at 612-721-6631 ext. 203 or Tedi Grey Owl at 612-559-2732 (text or call)

American Indian Summer Camp-University of Mankato

University of Minnesota - Six Day American Indian Summer Institute (AISI)

  • What: 6 days of college exploration, attending classes and meeting other Native American youth from Minnesota
  • Eligibility: Native American students going into grades 8-11 for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Where: University of Minnesota. Students will stay on campus in the dorms
  • When: July 28-August 3, 2019 or August 4-10, 2019
  • Cost: Free, including meals and housing
  • Application: Due April 1, 2019, see your Dean for the paper application
  • Contact: aisi@umn.edu with questions

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Leadership Retreat

  • What: 3 day, 2 night retreat for students to experience campus, further develop leadership skills and meet current U of M students and staff; see a video of last year's retreat by clicking here
  • Eligibility:  Multicultural high school juniors with at least a 3.5 G.P.A. who are also engaged in their school or community
  • Where: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, students will stay on campus in the dorms
  • When: July 18-July 20, 2019
  • Cost: Free, including meals and housing
  • Application: Due Friday, May 17, 2019, click here to fill out the Leadership Retreat application
  • Contact: The Office of Admissions at 1-800-752-1000 with questions

Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute Application

  • What: 12 days of attending art classes led by professional artists and instructors
  • Eligibility: Students, of any background, going into grades 10-12 for 2019-2020, interested in visual arts and Native American culture. Please note, special attention is given to applications from Native American students
  • Where: University of South Dakota, Vermillion, students will stay on campus in the dorms
  • When: July 8-19, 2019
  • Cost: Free, including meals, housing and art supplies
  • Application: Due April 1, 2019, click here to fill out the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute application
  • Contact: Cory.Knedler@usd.edu with questions

Past Events

Free ACT Preparation Class for Native American Students Grades 11-12

  • This course is complete, please check back next year for current offerings
  • It was held  at Spring Lake Park High School on Wednesdays (6-8 pm) and Saturdays (9-1 pm) between February 20, 2019 and March 30, 2019
  • This opportunity was made possible through the American Indian Education grant.  The District’s American Indian Parent Advisory Committee recommended that the District use the grant funds to support college and career readiness activities, such as this.  In addition to covering the $80 course fee, students can also receive, free:
  •         Transportation to and from the High School to attend these classes
  •         Admission to retake the ACT test (for seniors only)

Anoka-Hennepin Indian Education Drum and Dance

  • What: Native American drum and dance class
  • When: Saturdays: March 30, April  13 and 27 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Coon Rapids Middle School
  • More information: click here to see a flier

Twin Rivers Powwow

End of the Year Native American Family Celebration!