• Forest Lake Indian Education



    As part of the district’s efforts to create learning environments that support the academic success of all students, the district has initiated an American 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 VII of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

    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.

    Student Support

    After School Programs:

    High School - Grades 7-12
    Forest Lake Area High School
    2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

    November 14, 21 and 28, 2017

    December 5, 12 and 19, 2017

    January 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2018

    February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018

    March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018

    April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2018

    May 1, 8 and 15, 2018

    Elementary - Grades 3-6
    Forest Lake Elementary School
    3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

    November 9 and 30, 2017

    December 14, 2017

    January 4 and 18, 2018

    February 1 and 15, 2018

    March 1 and 22, 2018

    April 4 and 19, 2018

    May 3 and 17, 2018



    Post-Secondary Resources

    National Indian Education Association - Scholarships

    Good resource from Minneapolis Indian Education Program:


    MN Office of Higher Education: Minnesota Indian Scholarship

    Academic Resources


    Another Ojibwe Language source

    MN Native Literature Site

    We Shall Remain PBS Video Series

    Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present

    Program Funding

    The Forest Lake Indian Education Program is funded through Title VII of the federal No Child Left Behind 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 VII 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 is a member of a tribe or band, are asked to consider completing this form. A completed form makes students eligible to receive services that the Title VII federal funding will provide. Completed forms should be returned to your child’s school or directly to:

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

    Title VI Student Eligibility Certification (506) Form

  • Our Parent Committee


    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 meetings are held at the Central Learning Center (CLC), 200 SW 4th Street, Forest Lake, MN from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

    Indian Education Family Nights for 2017-2018 

    Tuesday,  November 14, 2017
    Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    Tuesday, May 8, 2018
    Lorraine take 5  
         Lynn take 3           Web of life take 3


    For more information please contact:

    Brad Ward

    Nicole Lyons
    email: Wcikwe@gmail.com
    Shannon Dufresne