American Indian Student Services

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American Indian Student Services provides quality educational program in a positive and challenging learning environment for American Indian students of all ages and to maximize their individual potential to compete in a global society while enriching, respecting, and honoring their cultural heritage.

For more information please email Lowana Greensky or call 1-218-749-8130 x1110

Indian Education Programs Open Public Meeting

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The St. Louis County Schools will be having its yearly open public meeting on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Northland Learning Center Board Room 1201 North 13th Ave., Virginia, MN  All are welcome!


Applique Beading and the Colony Collapse Disorder

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American Indian Advisory Board Meeting

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

ISD #2142 District Office Conference Room

1701 North 9th Ave.

Virginia, Mn  5792

MSAB Art’s Learning grant Tells Ojibwe Star Stories

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Perfoamnce2Perfoamnce3 Perfoamnce5Perfoamnce4 South Ridge 3rd-4th and 7th  grade students worked with teaching artists from Frank Theatre (Mpls.) Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer in retelling Ojibwe Star Stories. Artist and storyteller Carl Gawboy met with the students and retold the stories told to him as a young person by his father. These stories are based in our understanding of the seasonal changes we live by in northern Minnesota.

“Shigebiss and the Winter Maker”, “Fisher Freeing the Birds from Skyland”, “Creation Story” and  “How the Bat Came to Be” all were retold by students using the theatrical freeze frame.One performance in the Fall and Spring brought families and community members out.

Simple narration by students carried the actors through their plays. Backdrops were painted by the students in art class creating scenery and tone. As always the students did a beautiful job! The stories have come back to our lives and teach us of the seasonal changes, how to prepare for the future seasons and weather and how to care for each other.

Teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer again were amazing to work with. They brought life skills to the students along with theatre experience. Skills learned include learning to speak in front of others, focus and clarity in speaking – being present in the moment – being comfortable with your self enough to be courageous to do something needed that may be challenging – like standing in front of 300 people!

Musician Marya Hart wrote original musical scores withe the students which they performed in their plays. Students wrote, worked in small groups, critiqued and reworked their stories until they were satisfied and prepares to share them with family and friends.

To see the Fall performance go to

To see the Spring performance go to

Hear Carl Gawboy retell the story of “Shigebiss and the Wintermaker”, “Creation Story (The Great Flood)”, “How Fisher Went to Skyland and Freed the Birds”.

VTS_03_1 Carl Gawboy Shingebis and the Wintermaker from SouthRidgeART on Vimeo.

VTS_02_1 The Great Flood from SouthRidgeART on Vimeo.

VTS_04_1 Carl Gawboy Fisher Saves the Birds from Skyland from Media Art on Vimeo.


 Special thanks to those who have supported us throughout the work. They include the Minnesota State Arts Board, Land and Legacy Trust Fund of Minnesota, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Northland Foundation, Northland Learning center, Minnesota Power, the Fond du Lac Reservation, ISD 2142 American Indian Student Services, ISD 2142 South Ridge School – teachers and staff.

Open Public Meeting Notice

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ISD #2142 Indian Education Programs
Open Public Meeting
Title VII – JOM – MN State Indian Ed. Revenue
Friday, May 6, 2016
10:00 AM – Noon
ISD #2142 Administrative Office
1701 North 9th Avenue
Virginia, MN 55792

This American Indian Parental Advisory Board meeting includes parents from:
Cherry-Northeast Range-North Woods-South Ridge-Tower Schools
and the Consortium Districts of:
Eveleth-Gilbert/Mesebi East/Mountain Iron Buhl/Northland Learning Center
Can’t make the meeting?
Please send any comments or concerns to:
Lowana Greensky
218 749-8130 ext. 1110
or email at:

St. Louis County Schools Consortium, American Indian Parent Advisory Board Meeting

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When:      February 18, 2016

Time:        10:00 AM to 12:00 (noon)

Where:     St. Louis County School District Office-1701 North 9th Ave.-Virginia

Parents/Guardians of American Indian children in the School districts of St. Louis County, Eveleth-Gilbert, Mesabi East, Mountain Iron/Buhl, and the Northland Learning Center are invited to attend.


Topics to be covered for all districts are:

Consortium Agreement

The State of Minnesota American Indian World’s Best Work Force plans,

The Stae of Minnesota , Concurrence/non-concurrence  Resolution

Nett Lake Government Building Murals by Carl Gawboy

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Gawboy murals_Nett LakeFunded by the Cultural Based Art Integration Program (CBAI), Northland high school students had the incredibly opportunity to meet local Ojibwe artist and legend, Carl Gawboy. Carl Gawboy’s murals capture the beautiful essence of Minnesota Ojibwe myths, legends, stories and narratives in the form of visual art. Gawboy brought students along a narrative journey, sharing some traditional Ojibwe lessons and teachings. Combined with Gawboy’s moving images, his personal storytelling captured the true essence and spirit of the local culture in Nett Lake. Carl Gawboy is a local Minnesota artist with a legend worth of history, creative talent and cultural knowledge. He is very well respected and a visual artist that has made incredible strives in capturing his relatives’ past in the form of art. Supporting more local Minnesota artists is just one way students can support diversity and culture within our state. By going beyond state capital walls and supporting narratives, such as artwork like Carl Gawboy, they  can also learn to be inspired by their very own hometown, seeing the beauty of what our state truly can offer us.

Select this link to take a virtual tour of Carl Gawboy’s murals in the Nett Lake Government Center.

gidakiimanaaniwigamig’s manoomin project completed

Posted by | Filed under gidakiimanaaniwigamig, manoomin, South Ridge | Jul 21, 2014 | No Comments

cba200x200Over the past five years students from the South St. Louis county area, including South Ridge students and teachers, have worked with the University of Minnesota/LacCore and NCED as well as the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Natural Resources to better understand the past, present and future for wild rice growth on the reservation lakes. Students have worked together in small multi-aged groups with mentors, scientists and teachers to core and analyze the cores to see the history of the land. They spent time with elders to better understand how oral history and scientific data connect. It is our hope that students have found their voice in their community as far as how the land and water are cared for and used.


Fall CBAI Workshop with Sara Montgomery

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IMG_9450Knowing and Understanding Cultural Standards is based in communication and relationships between the school/teachers and their student/community.

Five standards that were developed through the experienced lens of Native Alaska educators to guide culturally-responsive teaching in Alaska’s classrooms. Cultural responsive teachers….

1. Incorporate local ways of knowing and teaching in their work. Such as implement the 4 seasons and storytelling to give background information.

2. Use the local environments and community resources on a regular basis to link what they are teaching to the everyday life of our students.

3. Participate in community events and activities in appropriate and supportive ways.

4. Work closely with parents to achieve a high level of complementary educational expectations between home and school.

5. Recognize the full educational potential of each student and provide the challenges necessary for them to achieve that potential.

CBAI teachers are developing and re-writing lesson plans to better meet cultural standards for their classrooms. Each CBAI teacher is asked to choose a current lesson standard based plan and/or thematic unit to re-design and implement that builds in cultural standards. CBAI will advise, assist development of the work throughout the school year. Montgomery suggests that lessons are best developed using backward design

Guide to Implementing the Alaska Cultural Standards for Educators Prepared in collaboration with  Alaska’s Department of Education & Early Development by the Alaska Comprehensive Center, Alaska Native Educators, and Education Northwest, May 2012

Education and lesson plans/cultural and educational standards – Lowana Greensky and Sara Montgomery

Cultural standards/suppliers – Rick Anderson

Visual and Media Art standards & critique/suppliers – Carolyn Olson



Summer CBAI Teachers Workshop

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Twenty ISD 2142 Teachers and Staff members attended the American Indian Student Services Summer workshop at Fortune Bay. The  week long gathering provided those attending with a better understanding of what a successful learning environment includes. Teachers were challenged to design and implement a culturally responsive classroom.

Speakers spoke to the importance of family and community support in each student’s life. Age appropriate lessons that teach empathy as well as math; sharing as well as drawing; putting others ahead of yourself as well as science. Teachers participated in activities to better understand the affects of poverty.

Book discussions were informally held discussing Louis Erdrich’s Birchbark House series for upper elementary students as well as her current best seller “The Round House”. Anton Treuer “Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask” and Sherman Alexie  “The Absolute True Story of a Part Time Indian” were also on the suggested book list for educators.

Keynote speakers included Runninghorse Livingston (Scholar and founder of  CGI), Val Tanner and Sarah Montgomery (Directors of the Native Teachers Program/College of St. Scholastica and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College), Crystal Redgrave (Scholar and Curriculum Writer currently working at the bug-o-nay-ge-shig School) and Carl Gawboy (Scholar and Visual Artist).

Teaching Artists included Kristine Sorenson (Video, Photo, Technology/iMovie on iPad) Faith Morrison (Sculpture/Birchbark Baskets), Karen Savage-Blue(Painting and Drawing) and Liz Jakola(Vocal Music).

Images from workshop taken by Kristine Sorenson of in progress, a program based in the Twin Cities that focuses on assisting young people in developing their skills as digital storytellers.

For more information on Kristine Sorenson and in progress.