Maadaadizi Program Weekly Update

Week of February 19, 2016

Highlights from our Sweetheart Powwow (Feb. 12, 2016)

Drum and Singing Student Group Starts at Como

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The Indian Education students at Como Park High School started to learn powwow songs on the drum. Travis Decory, the Chemical Dependency Prevention Advocate at Ain Dah Yung, is teaching the youth once a month during advisory period.
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Field Trip to Prairie Island Indian Community - March 11, 2016

We will be going on a field trip in March to Prairie Island Indian Community. The purpose of the field trip is to learn more about careers that build and sustain Native communities. We will spend some time speaking to American Indian people who have specific careers with the Community. Additionally, we will learn about the keepers of the buffalo and visit the buffalo pasture. For lunch we will have pizza and bowl at Treasure Island's Xtreme Bowl.

We will be taking 25 students from Indian Education (District-wide). The first 25 students to send in their permission slips will be able to attend. Permission slips are found here (please click this link). Students can also use this link to request a paper copy of the permission slip to be mailed to their home (deadline to sign up is February 26, 2016).

Students should take a picture of the signed forms on their iPads and email them to Students who are one of the first 25 to sign up will be notified through their school emails with directions. Students who are not one of the first 25 students will be placed on a waiting list and be notified through their school email with updates.

Only one bus will be used for the field trip. This bus will pick up students at Harding High School only. Student who do not attend Harding may still participate; however, they will need to make their own arrangements to get to Harding by 7:40 am and to get home after from Harding after 1:50 pm.

If you have further questions, please contact Kerrie (contact information is provided at the bottom of this e-newsletter).

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Families of Tradition - Sewing Society

SPPS Indian Education is proud to be providing drop-in sewing, beading, and crafting sessions. Students and families can access an Indian Education staff to work on regalias, to learn beading/crafting, and to learn basic sewing skills.

The workspace is open

  • Mondays: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays: 9:00 am - 2:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For more information please contact Dianna Johnson at 651-293-5191 or

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Seniors -FAFSA

The FAFSA could assist you to receive free money for college. Here is how to get started...

  1. Sign up for a PIN at Both you and your parent/guardian will need to create a PIN. You will need your social security number to begin this process.
  2. Access the FAFSA application at and complete.

Some students have expressed concern about who to list as a parent on the FAFSA. This link can assist to answer some of those questions; however, please contact Kerrie if you need more assistance with this.

Please try to have your FAFSA submitted by March 1. To watch a step-by-step tutorial on how to complete the FAFSA, click here. Also, the completion of the FAFSA is required to be eligible for the Power of You (St. Paul College or MCTC). Failure to apply for the FAFSA will disqualify you from being in the Power of You.

SPPS FAFSA Family Assistance Nights (any SPPS student can attend any night)

  • Highland Park High School: Tuesday, Feb. 23 5:30pm- 7:00pm
  • Washington High School Tuesday, Feb. 23 6:00pm- 8:00pm
  • Central High School Tuesday Feb. 23, 4:00pm - 6:00 pm
  • Johnson High School: Thursday, Feb. 25 6:00pm- 8:00pm
  • Como Park High School: Thursday, Mar. 10 5:00pm- 7:00pm
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IMPORTANT Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

There are two, great scholarship opportunities for American Indian seniors.

  1. Minnesota Indian Scholarship- if you are going to stay in Minnesota for college, if you have at least 1/4 degree of Indian blood, and if your are eligible for Pell grants (you must submit your FAFSA for this), you may be eligible to receive up to $4000/year for college. Check out their website for more information and the application (very simple application).
  2. Cobell Scholarship - this scholarship is directed to original Cobell Settlement Class members or Direct descendants. The scholarship is distributed through the American Indian Graduate Center, and the amount of the scholarship will vary. Students MUST complete a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (not enrollment card) and complete the application. Deadline is May 1, 2016.

Also, please check with your Tribe/Nation to see if you are eligible to receive a college scholarship. To see a listing of Minnesota Tribal contact information for scholarships, please click here and scroll to the 12th page.

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Kerrie's Schedule for February 22-26

  • Monday- Indian Education Office
  • Tuesday-Harding High School
  • Wednesday-Central High School
  • Thursday- Johnson High School
  • 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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  • Conversation Corps: Minnesota‚Äôs afterschool program, Youth Outdoors, connects urban teens to the natural environment through hands-on conservation and neighborhood beautification projects. It empowers young people to become active, engaged citizens and leaders. Conversation Corps is currently taking applications for Spring 2016.
  • Right Track: Right Track offers summer jobs (YJ01) and internships (YJ02) for Saint Paul youth ages 14 to 21 who are from a low-income family or have a barrier to employment. The program runs from mid-June to mid-August and work experiences last 6 to 9 weeks, depending on the position. Youth may only apply to one of our two programs for the summer. What are the benefits? Earn as much as $2,000; add meaningful work experience to your resume; gain valuable job skills; and meet potential mentors and explore career pathways. Deadline is February 28, 2016.
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March 1, 2016: The INSPIRE Pre-College Program, operated by Native American Political Leadership Program and the GW Pre-College Program, is a full scholarship open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian rising high school juniors and rising high school seniors, including 2016 anticipated graduates, who want to spend 3-weeks on the George Washington University (GW) campus to learn about intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government.

The program is a full-day experiential undergraduate course, Native Politics and the American Political System, taught by GW faculty. The course will offer opportunities for students to meet and interview influential advocates working on Native issues in Washington, D.C.

To learn more or to apply, please click here.

No Deadline: The Ninijanisag (Our Children) Program teaches youth ages 10-21 problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills in a community and cultural context. Traditional American Indian cultural activities are offered weekly and include drum and dance, sweat lodge, traditional crafts, talking circles, traditional storytelling, and intergenerational language tables. Leadership opportunities include public speaking, mentoring, and planning community cultural events. The long-term impact of Ninijanisag is to provide American Indian young people with cultural and community connections to sustain them and deter them from substance abuse, crime, violent behavior, suicide, and other destructive behaviors. Click here for more information and an application.

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Upcoming Events

February 27th: Thinking College Early Fair from 11:00am - 2:00pm at Harding High School. All middle and high school students and their families are welcome to attend. Free event!
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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.

For specific Tribal scholarship programs, click here and scroll to page 12.

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. Students can apply for the Cobell Scholarship through the AIGC's scholarship page.

May 1, 2016: Cobell Scholarship through the American Indian Graduate Center.

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Test Preparation Options

PrepFactory: This free test prep is in its Beta phase (testing to work out any bugs); however, any one can use the site to prepare for either the ACT or SAT. Sign up for a free account to save your progress.

Naviance Test Prep: This free program is available within each SPPS student's Naviance account. Students can prepare for either the ACT or SAT.

ACCUPLACER: The CollegeBoard has created a free testing preparation program. Use the link to "Add to Cart" and follow the directions to download the program to your iPad or computer.

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Volunteering & Leadership Opportunities

  • Student Tribal Council will be starting next school year at Harding High School. Students who are interested in assisting Jack with the council can speak with him now.
  • Tradition Not Addiction through Indigenous People's Task Force is currently recruiting youth ages 12-18 for their program. Youth receive $120 gift card for participating. For more information, an application, and schedule of days, please email or call 612-722-6248 and ask for Suzanne.
  • AISES' 2016 Leadership Summit will be held in Rochester, MN April 14-16. Students interested in attending should click here to register.
  • Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a five-day camp which strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges. There is an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students and volunteer counselors and presenters. To learn more and to apply, click here. Scholarships are available to cover costs of attending! Deadline to apply is March 15.

Contact Kerrie

Have questions about this newsletter? Contact me.