Detroit Lakes Native American Education Programs

Mission: Improve American Indian student achievement and graduation rates through academically rigorous, culturally responsive instruction, family and student engagement and collaborative partnerships with school and community.

Vision: All American Indian students are empowered as lifelong learners to become fully engaged leaders, stewards, and citizens.

Title VI & World's Best Workforce NA Plan: Below is a list of things permitted through state and federal regulations

* School supplies - help can be given for supplies needed for the classroom via donations from the United Way at the beginning of the school year

* Testing - state and federal regulations allow monetary assistance for testing that requires a fee (IE: ACT test)

* Material/craft supplies - Detroit Lakes Drum and Dance team members are eligible to receive assistance for regalia

* PE clothing - shirts and shorts for PE maybe partially funded only after all other funding has been exhausted

* Band/choir fees - fees maybe partially funded only after all other funding has been exhausted

Here is a list of things NOT allowed according to state and federal regulations (food including lunches and snacks, pictures, white card fees, clothing or shoes related to winter wear, sports, extracurricular, items for summer programs, graduation caps/gowns, and travel that is not school sponsored)

JOM: Any student that is an enrolled member or eligible to be enrolled in any Native American tribe is eligible for JOM. JOM board meetings are every 3rd Wednesday at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Everyone is welcome to attend. This program supplements with certain costs that a parent or student may incur during the school year. Proof of purchase such as a receipt is required for reimbursement. Please contact Miriam Hanson, with your requests for allowable items including child name, grade, and school (mimz49@gmail.com or 218.234.7545). Allowable costs (school supplies, backpacks, gym clothing/shoes). Unallowable costs (graduation announcements, class pictures/rings, letter jackets, personal clothing, and juice/milk break fees).


* Karen Nudell - Director of Federal Programs knudell@detlakes.k12.mn.us

* Joe Carrier - Native American Education Coordinator jcarrier@detlakes.k12.mn.us or 218.847.9228 ext 3109

* Melanie Holmquist - College/Career Facilitor mholmquist@detlakes.k12.mn.us 218-847-4491 ext 2183

* McKenna Roberts - Student Interventionist, Roosevelt mroberts@detlakes.k12.mn.us

* Anthony Buckanaga - Drum & Dance/Cultural Activities

* Jack Warren- Quiz bowl Coach jwarren@detlakes.k12.mn.us

* Lisa Mickelson - Assistant/Tutor Middle School lisamickelson@detlakes.k12.mn or 218.847.9228 ext 3109

* - Elementary Paraprofessional

* Ruth Lage - Roosevelt Paraprofessional rlage@detlakes.k12.mn.us

* Cody Bahls - Elementary Paraprofessional cbahls@detlakes.k12.mn.us

* Mike Swan - Native American Cultural Liaison mswan@detlakes.k12.mn.us or 218-847-4491 ext 2158

Parent Committee

    • Melyssa Belland - Chair
    • Emily Smith Buermann - Vice Chair
    • Danielle Leach - Sec.
    • Sheri Johnson
    • Jena Burt
    • Ronda Fode
    • Shelley Skarie

Eagle Feather Ceremony 2019

Honoring Parent Committee and Sue Holt