If you read the School Board reports in the Princeton Union Eagle regularly, you know already that we formed an American Indian Parent Committee last year. Verna Cleveland was elected the Chair of the Committee. We are continuing that committee this year. Families who are representing this population are welcomed to come to our next meeting, which will be on Thursday, March 19, at 6:00 PM at the District Office. The American Indian Parent Committee serves in an advisory role for the school district.
This committee was formed because our district has more than ten students who qualify as defined below. The Indian Education Act and the Minnesota Statute 124D.78 requires that students’ unique needs be met.
What is the definition of an Indian, according to the Indian Education Program?
1. A member of an Indian tribe or band
2. A descendent in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) of a member of an Indian tribe or band
3. Anyone considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose
4. An Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska native or
5. A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988.
The Indian Education Act legislation:
• Recognizes that American Indians have unique, educational and culturally related academic needs.
• Is both federal and state level in governmental involvement.
Please pass the word if you know of anyone who should get involved in our committee.