American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week, Formerly NAFID
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American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week, formerly NAFID

American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week, formerly NAFID

American Indian Awareness & Family Involvement Week, formerly called Native American Family Involvement Day (NAFID), will be a week long initiative for 2019 and is scheduled for November 18-22, 2019. 


We invite each MPS school to join us to recognize our American Indian population by intentionally engaging our students, families and community during this week.  


A full list of events hosted by schools throughout the week this year can be found here!


Planning Resources for Schools:

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

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 here.  

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


School Event Ideas

  • Community speakers & presentations
  • Drum groups & dance exhibitions
  • Resource Fairs
  • Native film screenings
  • Share a meal with families
  • Invite parents into the classroom
  • 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.


If schools are interested in hosting an event, Indian Education Department is offering matching funds this year, please email us for details at