Maadaadizi Program Weekly Update

Week ending September 16, 2016

Meet and Greets

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Indian Education will be visiting various high schools to meet students and provide information on our services.

Next week we will be at...

Creative Arts - September 19 at 12:00 in the Indian Education offices (downstairs)

Washington Technology - September 21 at 8:35 (Admin Conference Room 2nd florr)

Highland Park Senior High - September 22 at 8:23 (Room 1111 in the Lunchroom)

Central - September 23 at 8:22 (Room 4215 inside door 4213)

Passes for the event will be handed out first hour. If you do not received a pass, you can report to the location and we will excuse your absence from class.

BAGELS and water will be served

Free Mental Health Counseling Available

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Being a teenager is hard. You're under stress to be liked, do well in school, get along with your family, and make big decisions. You can't avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal. But feeling very sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental health problem.

Mental health problems are real, painful, and sometimes severe. You might need help if you have the signs mentioned above, or if you

  • Often feel very angry or very worried
  • Feel grief for a long time after a loss or death
  • Think your mind is controlled or out of control
  • Use alcohol or drugs
  • Exercise, diet and/or binge-eat obsessively
  • Hurt other people or destroy property
  • Do reckless things that could harm you or others


If you attend Harding, you can receive free mental health counseling from the American Indian Family Center (AIFC) during school in room 1352. Please speak to Kerrie, Renae Davis, or Jack if you would like a referral for services.

If you attend another high school in St. Paul, you may be able to receive free mental health counseling from Leech Lake Behavioral Health during school. Please speak to Kerrie, Renae Davis, Nicole Other Medicine for a referral.

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Our goal at Indian Education is for all high school students to reach attendance, grade, and behavioral goals at their high schools. We will be working with students, families, schools, and community agencies to help support students to reach these goals.

Looking for Young Artists

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Indian Education will be providing students at Highland High School and Como Park High School with supplies to paint a mural. We are looking for student artists who would like to develop the mural image and also students who would like to paint the murals. The mural at Highland will be in Room 1111, and the mural at Como will be in Room 1205G. Please let Kerrie or Nicole Other Medicine know if you would like to help or foward us ideas, pictures, or images that you would like to see in the mural.

Indian Education Field Trips

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The Maadaadizi Program receives grant money to take Indian Education students on several field trips throughout the school year.

This year our field trips will include (more may be added):

  • October 13 after-school field trip to the Native American College Fair at East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center in Minneapolis. Indian Education will provide one bus for interested students, which will leave from Harding High School at 2:30 pm. Click here to sign up for the bus (limited to 30 students). Permission slips will be needed to attend, which will be provided to interested students later.
  • ALMOST FULL=October 18-19 overnight field trip to North Dakota State University and Moorhead State University (limited to 24 students). Students interested in going on this field trip must submit a Google form through their SPPS Gmail. All expenses for this trip are paid through Indian Education.
  • TBD Field Trip
  • TBD March/April day field trip to Prairie Island Indian Community. On this field trip students will discover the careers needed to build and sustain Native communities. While there students will visit the Buffalo pasture then bowl and eat pizza before returning back to SPPS.

Native American College Fair

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SPPS, Minneapolis Indian Education, and Augsburg Fairview Academy sponsor this college fair each fall. The event gives families an opportunity to visit with multiple colleges that support American Indian student success. Additionally, information on job training, community programs, and financial aid will be available.

  • 3:15pm-4:00pm Lacrosse Demonstration and Participation
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm College Fair
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm Light, Healthy Meal to the first 300 attendees
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm Entertainment

Door Prizes will be provided throughout the evening. Last year prizes included gift cards to Holiday, Aldi, Sears, Subway, Chipotle, Cheesecake Factory, Grand Casino, R.F. Moeller Jeweler, Waterpark of America, Shooting Star Casino, and many others.

Families are encouraged to attend together. Indian Education will be providing one, free bus for up to 30 people. The bus will leave from Harding High School at 2:30pm and returning around 6:00pm (depending on traffic). Persons interested in riding the bus need to sign up online.

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Many colleges open their campuses to interested students and families. Check this section to review current options.