Minnesota American Indian Education Summit

Closing the Achievement Gap: Awareness, Implementation, and Collaboration

Madden’s on Gull Lake
Brainerd, Minnesota
September 23, 2013
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Native American Shoes crafted by the Objiwe Indians

Meeting Materials

General Session

Brenda Cassellius, Ed.D., Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education

American Indian Education in Minnesota
Dennis W. Olson, Director of Indian Education, Minnesota Department of Education

Keynote Address
Bryan Brayboy, Ph.D., Director, Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University

Minnesota Best Practices Panel

  • Haley Brickner, Director of Education, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Luann Frazer, Director, American Indian Education,
    Cass Lake-Bena School District 115
  • Vince Beyl, Director/Coordinator of Indian Education,
    Bemidji School District 31
  • Ramona Kitto Stately, Indian Education Program Coordinator/American Indian 7–12 Culture and Language Specialist, Osseo Area Schools District 279

Breakout Sessions


Indian Education 101: Historical, Legal, and Policy Context of Indian Education
Dennis W. Olson, Director of Indian Education, Minnesota Department of Education

Recommended Practices for Connecting Student Identity With Curriculum and Instruction
Marsha Simon, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Technical Assistance and Professional Learning, Great Lakes Equity Center

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask
Anton Treuer, Ph.D., Executive Director, American Indian Resource Center, Bemidji State University

Related resources:
Why Treaties Matter: Historical background information and teacher guides for Minnesota Indian history and culture.

Ojibwe Language Resources: A one-stop shop for links to Ojibwe language resource material, including free online talking dictionaries and talking flashcards.

Anton Treuer Website: Information on Anton Treuer's publications and links including archived presentations and curricular materials.

MN Conservation Volunteer: Free teacher modules and guides, including ones on Ojibwe Lifeways, George Bonga, and wild rice harvesting.


Culturally Responsive Education Practices
Martin Reinhardt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, Northern Michigan University

Related resources:
Culturally Responsive Schooling for Indigenous Youth: A Review of the Literature, Angelina E. Castagno and Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy

Cultivated Ground: Effective Teaching Practices for Native Students in a Public High School, Brittany Dorer and Anna Fetter

Data Review: American Indian Dropout and Graduation Rates
Cammy Lehr, Ph.D., Dropout Prevention Specialist, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education


Tribal Education Department and Local Education Agency Partnerships

Best Practices for School and Community Collaborations
Danielle Grant, Director, Indian Education Department, Minneapolis Public Schools

Partnering for Student Engagement to Prepare Students for Their Future

  • Doug Paulson, STEM Specialist, Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness, Minnesota Department of Education
  • John Rapheal, Trades, Industry and Technology Education Specialist, Office of College and Career Success, Minnesota Department of Education

Additional Resources

REL Midwest Reference Desk: American Indian Academic Performance in Minnesota

REL Midwest Reference Desk: Meeting the Needs of American Indian/Native American Students

American Indian Education in Minnesota: Analytic Review of Key State and National Documents

Presentations and readings do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Minnesota Department of Education, the Midwest Comprehensive Center, or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement.