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Indian Education

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

Preparing for College Native Education 101: Basic Facts about American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Education

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. Meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the FLAS Education Center at 6pm. To receive meeting emails and updates, please contact 

Indian Education PAC Meetings & Events for 2022 -2023

Parental Advisory Committee Meetings:
January 10th
February 14
March 14
April 11
May - no meeting 
June - date TBD 

Family Event Nights:
January 27th - 6:30 (Dreamcatcher Craft Night) 
February - TBD
March - TBD
April - TBD

Honoring Ceremony - Tuesday, May 9th 

American Indian Education Program Contacts

AIPAC Chair, Rebecca Wolf

Brad Ward, District Liaison, 651-982-8327

High School group at Native American College Fair