Maadaadizi Program Weekly Update

Week of December 4, 2015

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Elder Visit and Tobacco Tying Event for Highland Park High School Students

On December 10, 2015 Indian Education will host a special event for Highland Park High School students in Indian Education. Students will learn how to make tobacco ties and to understand the significance of the ties. Additionally, an Elder, Jerry Dearly, will be visiting with the students. Interested Highland students should reply to their Google calendar invitation, which was emailed eariler this week, if they would like to attend this special event.
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Free Winter Wear Gift Cards

The SPPS Indian Education Program was provided a large donation to use for gift cards at Burlington Coat Factory. Indian Education sent a letter to each Indian Education student this past week explaining the donation and process to obtain the gift card. Please check your mail for the letter or call the Indian Education office for more information (651-293-5191).

College Summer Program - Apply for FREE!

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Are you a current sophomore or junior? Do you have at least a 3.0 GPA? Are you enrolled with your tribe? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you are eligible to apply to the College Horizon summer program. This week long program includes a one week stay at either Amherst College in Amherst, MA or Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, participation in a "crash course" to get you ready to apply to four year colleges, meet at least 99 other American Indian high school students who also want to attend college, and opportunity to have FUN!

Don't worry about the cost. SPPS Indian Education will pay for the $120 fee/deposit. Your program application will assist you to request a scholarship to pay for to other costs of the program (airfare and tuition).

If you are interested in applying for this summer experience, please contact Kerrie. She will assist you with all of the details. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2016. Want more information? Click here.

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Seniors - Important Information for College and Financial Aid

Senior are reminded to try and complete their college applications prior to winter break. The University of Minnesota's deadline for all applications is on December 15th.

After winter break Kerrie will be meeting with seniors on financial aid and potential scholarship opportunities. This will include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The first time seniors can complete the FAFSA starts on January 1, 2016. Any family can access the FAFSA4caster, which will show families an estimate of how much they can expect to receive from the Federal Government.

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Kerrie's Schedule for December 7-11

  • Monday- Meetings at the Indian Education Office.
  • Tuesday- Harding High School (room 1352)
  • Wednesday-Como Park High School (room 1433A)
  • Thursday- Highland Park (room 1111)
  • Friday-No School -Harding High School (room 1352)

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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February 1, 2016 Deadline: AIGC's College Horizon Program.
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Upcoming Events

Check back next week for updates.
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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:

Ongoing: Sign up for the American Indian Graduate Center's e-newsletter for updated American Indian scholarship opportunities. Click here to register for the newsletter.

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.
  • Be a guest writer/contributor to this e-newsletter. Contact Kerrie with your ideas.

Contact Kerrie

Have questions about this newsletter? Contact me.