American Indian Education Program

The American Indian Education Program of ISD 477, Princeton Public Schools is committed to working together with parents and families in order to meet the unique educational and cultural needs of students of American Indian heritage. The goals and activities are determined with the assistance and guidance provided by the District’s American Indian Parent Advisory Committee as well as on going community needs assessments conducted by the program. If you are in need of socio cultural support, interested in joining or learning more about Princeton’s American Indian Education Program please call our office (763) 389-7186, or email bearpaw.shields@isd477.org.

In 2015, The Princeton Schools, American Indian Parents Committee was established formally and recognized by the ISD 477, Princeton School Board, in order to represent the best interests of American Indian students, families and Princeton schools.

The American Indian Parents Advisory committee maintains a comfortable flow of dialog between American Indian families and the schools their children attend. This occurs vis direct conversation or agenda items at public meetings that are scheduled through the school year.

The program liaison meets regularly with students as a cultural resource, and to inform students of cultural events that will be available to them. The liaison will also be a resource to students, faculty and school admin on culturally appropriate curriculum and school climate issues. The Liaison will advocate for and monitor the progress of students, k-12, as they engage in a successful preparation for post secondary education, vocational training, and civic/community life.

The American Indian Education program provides family support in special education assessment and academic procedures involving American Indian students by providing advocates as a resource to parents and families and to advise on socio cultural issues in ISD 477.

American Indian circle depicting the meaning of North, South, East and West

News & Events

2021-22 is the first year the Minnesota definition of American Indian is included in enrollment reporting. The state definition allows students to be reported as American Indian even if they also belong to other racial and ethnic groups. Under the federal definition of American Indian or Alaska Native, these students would fall under "Hispanic/Latino" or "two or more races" and would not be counted as American Indian or Alaskan Native in reporting. In 2021-22, American Indian students (state definition) saw an enrollment increase of 1.8%.

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Aztec Dancers at the Middle School

In May 2019 Aztec dancers performed at Princeton Middle School. This opportunity was brought to our school by the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee.
Frankie Manriquez, Lakota elder, at the Primary School

Frankie Manriquez, Lakota elder, at the Primary School, May 2018.