Forest Lake Indian Education Program

  • The Forest Lake American Indian Education Program is designed to assist American Indian students in graduating from high school with a quality education and positive cultural identity. Funding for this program is provided through Title VI of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and the State of Minnesota Indian Education funding through the Minnesota Department of Education.

    Indian Education programs grow out of the special trust relationship that exists between the U.S. government and American Indian tribes secured in treaties between the two nations. In administering this trust, federal agencies are responsible for preserving, protecting, and guaranteeing Indian rights and property. Many treaties contained educational provisions. All federal programs for American Indians share two purposes: they fulfill specific treaty provisions and they fulfill a general commitment to the Indian tribes to improve their social, educational, and economic conditions.  

    Post-Secondary Resources

    2021-2022 Native American Scholarship Database

    National Indian Education Association - Scholarships


    MN Office of Higher Education: Minnesota Indian Scholarship

    Program Funding

    The Forest Lake Indian Education Program is funded through Title VI of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. In order to apply for these funds, the district needs to document the number of American Indian students enrolled in Forest Lake Area Schools. This is done through the Title VI Student Eligibility Certification (506) form (link below). Parents/guardians of American Indian students who are members of a tribe or band or who are descendents of a parent or grandparent who are members of a tribe or band, are asked to consider completing this form. A completed form makes students eligible to receive services that the Title VI federal funding will provide. Completed forms should be returned to your child’s school or directly to:

    Janeen Kasprzak, Information Systems
    Forest Lake Area Schools
    District Office
    6100 North 210th Street
    Forest Lake, MN 55025

    Title VI Student Eligibility Certification (506) Form

Indian family group at Lake Fest Pow Wow
  • American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

    The American Indian Education Program includes a Parent Committee which is made up of parents of American Indian students in the district, American Indian secondary students, staff and community members. We have monthly family nights to celebrate our community's strength, discuss issues relevant to American Indian students today and plan for the future!

    We welcome new faces and encourage collaboration to help create a thriving community so we can help support our native children for generations to come! Please join us anytime. All PAC meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm (6pm social circle). All meetings/events are in person at the Education Center, 943 9th Ave SW, Forest Lake, MN 55025. Enter Door 4 to Room 104. To receive meeting emails, please contact Rachel Peterson.

    Indian Education PAC Meetings & Events for 2021 -2022

    November - TBD, PAC mtg

    Tues. Dec 14th, PAC mtg

    Tues. Jan 11th, PAC mtg

    Tues. Feb 8th, PAC mtg

    Tues. March 8th, PAC mtg

    Tues. April 12th, PAC mtg

    Tues. May 10th, PAC mtg

    Tues. June 7th, PAC mtg

    Summer break ~ Fall dates TBD

    American Indian Education Program Contacts

    Indian Education Program Coordinator & Student Advisor, Chris Johnson, 651-587-8557 (text/voice) District Voicemal: 651-982-8136

    AIPAC Chair, Rebecca Wolf

    Brad Ward, District Liaison, 651-982-8327

High School group at Native American College Fair