American Indian Education Program

District 196 American Indian Class of 2022

Class of 2022 American Indian Education Graduation Honoring

May 14, 2022

Central Park - Rosemount, MN

Each year, the American Indian Education Program celebrates our graduating seniors with our annual American Indian Graduation Honoring. We are all so proud of all our graduates this year. They have shown everyone their strength, resilience and growth over these many years with District 196. Please take some time today and help us honor these students.

20 YEARS with District 196 - Jorja Valandra

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On behalf of District 196's American Indian Education Program, we would like to congratulate and express our appreciation for the years of service Jorja has committed to the Indigenous students in this community.

Jorja has and will continue to be a fierce advocate for her students and a dedicated mentor to her colleagues.

Our team has learned so much from Jorja and we are so fortunate to be able to count on her guidance when we are in need.

On Indian Education Program would not be where we are today without Jorja's years of hard work.

To celebrate this special occasion, the Indian Education team has gifted a star quilt to honor and express our appreciation for Jorja and the work that she does.

Miigwetch and Pidamaya Jorja Valandra!

Class of 2022 American Indian Graduates

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Minnie Dombrovski - 196 Online High School

Minnie is from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Lenape Delaware Nation and plans to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in the Fall.
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Chris Carrasco - Eastview High School

While at EVHS, Chris was active on the EVHS Swimming Team, Treehouse, skating, guitar, philosophy, write poetry and graffiti art. Chris plans to attend Dakota County Technical College where he will pursue a degree as an electrician specializing in underwater welding as well as psychology. Chris is from a California Indigenous Nation.

Quote: “I’d rather be wrong to a right answer, then convince others that I’m right about a wrong answer.

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Madison Weichman - Eastview High School

Madison focused on work during her time at EVHS and was also the wrestling manager. She plans to attend St. Cloud State University and pursue a degree in Dentistry. Madison is Dakota from the Prairie Island Sioux Community.
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Peyton State - Rosemount High School

Peyton was the captain of Rosemount High School's lacrosse team. She also was on the basketball team and cross country team. Peyton will be attending University of Wisconsin - Madison in the Fall and will be pursuing a career as a lawyer. Peyton is from White Earth Nation.
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Sarah Schultz - Rosemount High School

Sarah was very active in Rosemount's Theater Arts and Music Program, Aurora and Chamber Choir. She plans to attend Arizona State University Online and pursue a career in Elementary Education. Sarah is from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.
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Dylan Wedward - Eagan High School

Dylan has been a dedicated hockey player for Eagan High School. He also participated in track and field, soccer, baseball, EHS Marching Band and volunteered for his community and his church. After graduation, Dylan has a 1 year deferment to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. During his year, he will focus on Junior Hockey. He plans to pursue a career as an engineer. Dylan is from the Leni Lenape Nation (Delaware Tribe of Indians).
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Rex Perley - Eagan High School

During High School, Rex played Baseball for Plymouth South High School in Massachusetts. While at Eagan, he was on the Wildcat Football Team. Rex has been building Construction skills since he was a 9th grader. He plans to pursue his career in constructions after graduation - give him a call if you are looking for a deck remodel. Rex is from the Maliseet First Nation of the Wabanaki Confederacy.

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Caleb Myung Eastview High School

Caleb played for Eastview Baseball and EVAA Baseball. He is a pitcher and 3rd baseman. Caleb was awarded the ACT Six Scholarship and will be attending Bethany Lutheran in the fall with plans to a degree in Business Administration. He will also play baseball for Bethany Lutheran. Caleb is from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
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Ashley Fugitt - Rosemount High School

Ashely played soccer for Rosemount High School. In the Fall, Ashely will be heading to St. Catherines University with plans to major in Exercise and Sports. Her goal is to become a physical therapist. Ashley is from the Choctaw Nation.
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Alex Sufficool - Dakota Ridge

During High School, Alex organized the “Minnesota Combat Robotics Club”, TEAM NAME: “Team Kwi-nalt”. He also sponsored 2 Regional Competition events and help create “the Midwest Combat Robotics League” for the Midwest states of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. He plans to continue his education with District 196's Transitions Plus program. His career goals include: Combat robotics, voice animation, voice acting and animation. Alex is from the Quinault, Quileute, Aleut Nations.

Congratulations Class of 2022

8th Grade Graduates - Heading to High School

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Maximilian Brown (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe)

Kahlan Owen (Dakota)

Christian Case (Lac Courte Oreilles/Ojibwe)

Ilona Delaney (Red Lake Nation/Ojibwe)

Niibin Rowan (Lac Courte Oreilles/Ojibwe)

Ethan Jenkins (Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community/Dakota)

Jayden Abrahamson

Quetzali Gutierrez (Red Lake Nation/Ojibwe)

5th Grade Graduates - Heading to Middle School

Pre K and Kindergarten Graduates

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Aujbrelle jelinek-Johnson

Sion Clark

Oliver Sandoval (Ojibwe/White Earth Nation)

Romeo Rosales (Red Lake Nation)

Aulani Rosales (Red Lake Nation)

Julia Priester ((Dakota/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate))

Rachel Case (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)

Evelyn Bordeaux (Lakota/Rosebud Sioux Tribe)

Laiyah Jacobs (Ojibwe/ Bois Forte

Evie Jones (Dakota/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate)

Logan Poth (Potawatomi)

Your District 196 American Indian Education Team

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AIE Cultural Family Advocates:

Gary Smith - Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Fonda Smith - Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Francisca El Zeenny - White Earth Nation

Jorja Valandra - Osage, Comanche, Nez Perce

AIE Program Specialist:

Lisa Turgeon - St. Croix Band of Ojibwe Indians of Wisconsin