American Indian Education program

The mission of the American Indian Education program is to meet the unique cultural and academic needs of American Indian learners. Our program includes a host of events and resources for our Native American parents and students. Currently we have approximately 260 students participating in the program. We have students enrolled all of our 36 facilities including early childhood, elementary schools, middle and high schools in addition to our Alternative Learning Center, Dakota Ridge School and our Special Education facilities. Funding for the program comes from a grant under the Federal Government’s Title VI authorization and from the Minnesota Department of Education’s World’s Best Workforce initiative.

Enrolling in the program

In order for students to participate in the Indian Education program under the Federal Government Title VI eligibility, the student’s parent must complete the Title VI Student Eligibility Certification Form (506). Completing this form enables your student to be counted for funding under this program. This form will be maintained at your child’s school and will not be released without your written approval. This form will become part of your child’s school record and will not need to be completed every year.

Should you have difficulty finding information about a respective tribe, you may go to the National Congress of American Indians website and click on “Directory” to search for tribal information. Title VI funding only recognizes Federal tribes.

Program, Services and Resources

Tutoring Services – Subject area tutoring

Tutoring services are offered primarily for high school students who want to raise or maintain grades in required subject areas such as English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. Tutoring may also be offered in some elective courses. Tutoring can occur after school, or it can occur during the school day during a non-class time such as study hall or lunch. If a student has not been recommended for tutoring through the program’s student monitoring system, there is an opportunity to request tutoring by completing the “Request for Tutoring” form or by calling the American Indian Education Office.

Students who participate in the program need come to tutoring sessions prepared to work and need to maintain communication by confirming session times and notifying tutors if they will be absent.

Request for tutoring

Students and parents or guardians may request tutoring services by contacting the American Indian Education Office or by making a request using this form. Someone from the program will try to be in touch with the student within one week.

ACT Preparation

High school junior and senior level students have the opportunity to participate in ACT college preparation sessions. The Indian Education program has tutors who specifically work with students to prepare for the exam. Students will take an ACT practice test to help the tutors with where to focus their targeted tutoring in addition to general test taking strategies. Students will then take another practice test to help determine ACT proficiency.

If you are interested in participating in ACT tutoring with the 196 American Indian Education Program, please our Free ACT Preparation Classes Form.

Multicultural College Information Event

District 196 Integration and Educational Equity hosts a Multicultural College Informational Fair for students in 6th thru 12th grades from 6-10 p.m. Location and date to be determined.

Representatives from public and private colleges will be available to answer questions about their college. There will also be a diverse student panel, information on ACT/SAT test prep, scholarship information, college admissions process, and the Minnesota Dream Act.

The event is free and open to the public. Attend and discover more of what college is all about.

Student Progress Monitoring

The Indian Education staff attempts to monitor progress for the students in the program however, given that students are located in almost all of the schools within District 196, the task is very difficult. We try to work closely with our school counselors at the secondary level and the school social workers at the elementary level as much as possible. We ask that parents contact the Indian Education Office should they desire to have their student on a progress monitoring system.

Graduating Senior Honoring Event

District 196 identified Native American Grade 12 students, who will be graduating from a District 196 high school are invited to participate in an honoring ceremony. The honoring event includes recognition of student academic achievement and graduation from high School and the pinning of the medicine wheel is planned by the students and their families.  For further information about being involved in the event please contact the District 196 Indian Education Program.


The Indian Education Program is facilitated at:

14301 Diamond Path
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 651-423-7882 or 651-423-7912

Jorja Valandra
Assigned schools:
  • Apple Valley High School
  • Area Learning Center
  • Black Hawk Middle School
  • Eastview High School
  • Falcon Ridge Middle School
  • Valley Middle School
  • Deerwood Elementary School
  • Echo Park Elementary School
  • Greeleaf Elementary School
  • Oak Ridge Elementary School
  • Parkview Elementary School
  • Southview Elementary School
Lisa Turgeon
Assigned schools:
  • Eagan High School
  • Rosemount High School
  • Dakota Hills Middle School
  • Rosemount Middle School
  • Glacier Hills Elementary School
  • Northview Elementary School
  • Red Pine Elementary School
  • Rosemount Elementary School
  • Shannon Park Elementary School
  • Woodland Elementary School
Francisca El Zeenny
Assigned schools:
  • Eastview High School
  • School of Environmental Studies
  • Falcon Ridge Middle School
  • Scott Highlands Middle School
  • Cedar Park Elementary School
  • Diamond Path Elementary School
  • East Lake Elementary School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Pinewood Elementary School
  • Thomas Lake Elementary School
  • Westview Elementary School