• 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. 

    Student Support

    After School Programs:
    Elementary - Grades K-6
    Forest View Elementary School
    3:40 - 5:00 p.m.

    October 11th and 25th, 2018

    November 15th and 29th, 2018

    December 6th and 20th, 2018

    January 10th and 24th, 2019

    February 7th and 21st, 2019

    March 7th and 14th, 2019

    April 11th and 25th, 2019

    May 9th and 23, 2019 


    Post-Secondary Resources

    2019-2020 Native American Scholarship Database

    National Indian Education Association - Scholarships

    Good resources from Minneapolis Indian Education Program:


    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:

    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

Indian family group at Lake Fest Pow Wow
  • American Indian Parent Advisory 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 6-7:30 p.m.

    Indian Education Nights for 2018-2019

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    Tuesday, January 8, 2019

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019


    American Indian Education Program Contacts

    Sarah Neitz, Indian Education Program Coordinator

    Lorraine Bellanger, AIPAC Chair

    Megan Hallstrom, Elementary After School Program

    Joanna Hill, Secondary Academic Support

    Carolyn Car Latady, District Liaison

    Brad Ward, District Liaison


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High School group at Native American College Fair