Maadaadizi Program Weekly Update

Week of November 13, 2015

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Talking Circles afterschool at Harding - Student Leaders Wanted

Kerrie will be starting an afterschool Talking Circle at Harding High School soon. The Circle will provide students an opportunity to discuss current events, ideas, and/or concerns with other American Indian students.

Student leaders are sought to lead the Circle's opening with a story, a reading, and/or smudging/blessing. Circles will be weekly; however, multiple student leaders are sought to take turns with the weekly openings. One to three adults will be assisting with the Circle; however, the Circle is run by the entire group.

This is a great opportunity to lead the student community, as well as to build your college resume. If interested, please speak with Kerrie on Tuesdays or Fridays or email her at

Free Tutoring!

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Many students have been asking for assistance with school and homework. At this time, Indian Education does not have any tutors on staff; however, FREE community tutors are available to students. See below for the resources...

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute Tutoring

Ever wanted to know a painter? Talk to a published poet? Or ask a bonafide rock star what inspires her? You can! The Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is a local tutoring organization that connects fun adults with under-resourced students.

We are open for FREE HOMEWORK HELP Monday-Thursday from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. Stop by our Headquarters (2388 University Ave W, Saint Paul) to sign-up or email

Our tutors help you set homework goals, finish assignments, and learn all sorts of interesting stuff along the way. Like how to start a successful magazine. Or manage a band. Or design concert posters.

So it’s not just about getting your homework done. MOI is also about discovering new ideas and sharing them with interesting people who really want you to succeed.

For more information, click here to register or email JAMES@MOI-MSP.ORG.

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Gateway to College

Has your path to a high school diploma been sidetracked?

If so, then the Gateway to College program might be the alternative educational program to help you reach your educational goals.

SPPS Gateway to College serves students aged 16-20 who have dropped out of school or are missing credits, and want to get back on track. Our students not only have a second chance to earn a high school diploma, but Gateway participants will also earn college credits toward an associates degree or certificate.

Gateway students are:

  • Are 16-20 years old
  • Are behind in high school credits for their age and grade
  • Have dropped out of high school or may drop out soon
  • Are committed to completing their high school diploma
  • Read at an eighth grade level or higher (English proficiency) and have passed a skills assessment
  • Work hard and want to change their lives
  • Actively participate in class
  • Motivate themselves to work independently and do collaborative group work
  • Can complete their high school diploma before turning age 21

Interested students must fill out a program application and submit it as soon as possible. For more information, including an application, please click here.

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Write for the Maadaadizi Newsletter!

Kerrie is looking for students who would like to contribute to the weekly newsletter. Students are encouraged to write about events, experiences, or insight on being an American Indian teen. Topics could include writing about participation at a conference, powwow, community event, etc. If interested, please email Kerrie ( with your ideas.
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Kerrie's Schedule for November 16-20

  • Monday- Meetings at the Indian Education Office.
  • Tuesday- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities College Visit
  • Wednesday-Central High School (room 4215)
  • Thursday-Highland High School (room 1111)
  • Friday-No school

School Counselor Visits to High Schools

Kerrie will regularly be visiting Central, Como Park, Harding, Highland, and Johnson High Schools this school year. If you do not attend one of these high schools, you still can receive Indian Education counseling services. Please email Kerrie ( if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet.
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Upcoming Events

  • November 13th: SPPS Indian Education Powwow at the American Indian Magnet School from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Free event. Everyone is welcome.
  • November 17th: American Indian Campus Day at the U of M, Twin Cities. Permission slips due November 6th to Kerrie.
  • November 17th: MCTC's Night of Poetry and Music from 6:00pm- 8:00pm at the Whitney Fine Arts Theater. FMI Janice Denny (612) 659-6713
  • November 19th: Native American College Fair at Midtown YWCA from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Free meal to first 300 attendees. Indian Education bus is full at this time.
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American Indian Scholarship Updates

For a comprehensive listing of scholarships and financial aid opportunities and information for American Indian students, please click here.

Deadlines for Scholarship Opportunties:

January 13, 2016-The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

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Volunteering & Service Opportunities

  • Be a Talking Circle leader afterschool at Harding High School. Contact Kerrie for more information.

Contact Kerrie

Have questions about this newsletter? Contact me.