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American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week

American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week

American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week, is scheduled for November 16-20, 2020. 

 

American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week is a week-long initiative for Minneapolis Public Schools celebrating, recognizing and raising awareness of American Indian people & culture. Minneapolis has a vibrant American Indian community and we have much pride serving over 1500 American Indian students across the district in more than 100 schools. All MPS schools are invited to join us in Indian Education to recognize our American Indian population by intentionally engaging our students, families and community during this week while also exploring activities that allow all students to learn about Indigenous populations. Curious about what your school has planned? Or have a great idea for an activity or event. Contact your school Principal or Family Liaison and share your thoughts! (Please note that all events this year will have to comply with COVID-19 restrictions) 

 

Resources: For a list of helpful resources as you plan your event, please see this document.

 

Funding: In an effort to encourage more schools involvement this year, we are offering matching funds of up to $250.00 to schools who participate this year.  We understand that this is not a large amount of funds so we encourage you to utilize Title I funds in an effort to educate your school community about the American Indian population that includes our students and their families within the district.  If desired, you can also reach out to other departments and/or community organizations for additional funding if needed.  A request for funds form can be completed at this link.

 

Publicity of Events: As part of the district wide planning, we are also collecting a list of events from the schools for use in a media release and to distribute the information to staff, administration and school board members who may attend/support events. Please complete the school site event form here.

 

2020 American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week School Events: Click here for school site events

 

School Event Ideas

  • Community speakers & presentations
  • Drum groups & dance exhibitions
  • Resource Fairs
  • Native film screenings
  • Storytellers

Activity Ideas

  • Check out Minnesota Anishinaabeg game featuring Minnesota Ojibwe language and culture from our department.
  • MPS staff can visit the Indian Education Resource Library on Destiny. There are hundreds of great books, DVDs and CDs available to MPS staff to borrow.
  • Organize a classroom activity along with a lesson. Examples include: beading workshops, moccasin making, creating tobacco pouches, dreamcatchers, etc.

Other Educational Resources

Please contact Christine Wilson at 612.668-0108 for further community resources and ideas to plan your event.