American Indian Ed with students in the class

Indian Education and Identity

Classroom Learning

Through experiential learning our Indian Education classes are centered on strengthening the identity of the Indigenous child.

Drum and Dance

Our bi-weekly drum and dance program allows families to step into the circle and learn through movement. Local community experts teach our families about the teachings and protocol around our drum and various dances.  Throughout the winter months, families spend the weekends creating regalia for our annual powwow in April. Watch this video from an event at Osseo Middle School on April 30, 2016. 

Weekend Mentorships

During the winter months, community experts teach our students and families about various indigenous lifeways.  We offer Dakota and Ojibwe language table to those interested in learning the first languages of Minnesota.

Annual Powwow

During the last weekend of April, we host our annual ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools Powwow.  The traditional powwow features dancers, drum groups and community members from many indigenous nations. 

Medicine Garden

The Native American Medicine Garden features a variety of medicinal and edible plants indigenous to Minnesota.  The turtle shaped garden is arranged according to plant teachings within the medicine wheel.

Resources for teachers


Ramona Kitto Stately
American Indian Culture and Language Specialist (6-12)

Ethan Neerdaels
American Indian Culture and Language Specialist (K-5)

Dr. Rev Hillstrom
Director, Educational Equity

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