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Forest Lake 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 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.

Parent Advisory Committee (AIEPAC)

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 meetings 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 

Parent Advisory Committee Meetings:

  • Oct 10, 2023 - 6:30 PM
  • Nov 14, 2023 - 6:30 PM
  • Dec 12, 2023 - 6:30 PM
  • Jan  9,  2023 - 6:30 PM
  • Feb 13, 2023 - 6:30 PM
  • Mar 12, 2023 - 6:30 PM (Virtual)
  • Apr  9,  2023 - 6:30 PM

Family Event Nights:

  • Nov 17 (6pm - 8) Native Board Game Night
  • Jan 26 (6pm - 8) Movie Night
  • Feb 23 (6pm - 8) Michael Charette, Master Flute Musician and Storyteller
  • Mar 22 (6pm - 8) Craft Night
  • Apr 26 (6pm - 8) Event TBD

Honoring Ceremony (all grades) - Tues, May 7th (6pm - 8:30) Forest Lake High School Auditorium

American Indian Education Family Fun Night Feb Flyer










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

Forest Lake Schools Native American students on stage with presented awards

506 Form

The Forest Lake Indian Education Program is funded through Title VI of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Please consider completing a 506 Form so that your student may be counted as an  American Indian Student for federal funding in the district.

Please return completed forms to your child's school or you may send them to
Rachel Peterson 
943 9th AVE SW 
Forest Lake, MN  55025

Program Contacts

Theodore Naawakweose Marcil 
American Indian Education Consultant

Brad Ward
District Liaison

Rebecca Wolf