American Indian Education Program

Monthly Newsletter - October 30th

Boozhoo District 196 Teachers!

With the advice from District 196's Native American Parent Advisory Committee, the American Indian Education Program will create monthly newsletters on a variety of topics. The goal of this newsletter is to promote indigenous knowledge and worldview with hopes to have a greater impact on student learning and achievement across the district.


Our program staff is excited to continue our collaborative work with District 196 teachers and curriculum leaders. Please feel free to explore the many resources we will share each month and we welcome any follow up or questions that you have.


To access our first newsletter - please click on the OCTOBER link below.


October: Halloween Costumes/Cultural Appropriation

November: Thanksgiving

December: Dakota History / Sacred Places

January: Ojibwe History / Storytelling

February: Water is Life / Treaty Rights / Sovereignty / Federal Laws

March: Sugar Bush & Wild Rice

April: Contemporary Native People/Topics

May: Powwows / MN Native American Month

Teacher Spotlight! Eagan High School's Stephanie Molstre-Kotz

District 196's American Indian Education Program would like to show appreciation to Eagan High School's Stephanie Molstre-Kotz's and her efforts to provide her art students a lesson that both appreciates traditional and contemporary Lakota Ledger Art and Artists but also for her work teaching her students what CULTURAL APPROPRIATION is. Please view some of her student's incredible work below.

American Indian? Native American? Indigenous?

The term “American Indian” is used by the Minnesota Department of Education and with all American Indian Education Programs across the nation. “Native American” is also used. Some prefer this term compared to American Indian. Today, many prefer the term INDIGENOUS. All terms are used interchangeably depending on individual preference.


Many people would like to be addressed by their individual nation such as an Ojibwe or a Dakota.


Another thing to keep in mind is asking the person or student what they would prefer. Asking them in a respectful manner is always a good choice! Things to avoid are terms that are culturally inappropriate like ”chief.”