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We recommend these resources for students at all levels to deepen their knowledge.

Beyond Access: Indigenizing Programs for Native American Student Success

Stephanie J. Waterman, Onondaga/Turtle. "This book argues that two principal factors are inhibiting Native students from transitioning from school to college and from succeeding in their post-secondary studies. It presents models and examples of pathways to success that align with Native American students’ aspirations and cultural values." (Native contributor)

Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education

Heather J. Shotton, Wichita/Kiowa/Cheyenne and Shelly C. Lowe, Diné and Stephanie J. Waterman, Onondaga/Turtle and John Garland,Choctaw. "The purpose of this book is to move beyond the asterisk in an effort to better understand Native students, challenge the status quo, and provide informed base for leaders in student and academic affairs, and administrators concerned with the success of students on their campuses." (Native contributor)

Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education

Robin Starr Minthorn, Kiowa/Apache/Nez Perce/Umtaila/Assiniboine and Heather J. Shotton, Wichita/Kiowa/Cheyenne. "Indigenous students remain one of the least represented populations in higher education. They continue to account for only one percent of the total post-secondary student population, and this lack of representation is felt in multiple ways beyond enrollment. Less research money is spent studying Indigenous students, and their interests are often left out of projects that otherwise purport to address diversity in higher education" (Native contributor)

Bemidji State University - American Indian Resource Center

The BSU American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) is a place for everyone to learn and gather in the rich culture and tradition of the Anishinaabe people in the Bemidji area and around the world. The AIRC works hard to support American Indian Students at BSU and connect them with local resources, people, and opportunities to enrich their professional and personal lives. (Minnesotan)

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

"The faculty and staff at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College have one thing in mind — the student. Whether it’s putting in extra time with students on a one-on-one basis or developing new ways of thinking to help our students apply their knowledge to the real world, our goal is to help students focus on their education and achieve their life goals." (Native contributor and Minnesotan)

Leech Lake Tribal College

"Leech Lake Tribal College provides quality higher education grounded in Anishinaabe values. The vision is to be recognized as a center of academic excellence that advances the Anishinaabe worldview and empowers life-long learners who are fully engaged citizens, stewards, and leaders." (Native contributor and Minnesotan)

Minnesota Department of Education Indian Education Resources

Resources provided to enhance the classroom experience for Native learners and strengthen outcomes for all students. (Native contributor and Minnesotan)

Minnesota Humanities Center

"The Minnesota Humanities Center collaborates with individuals, organizations, and communities to bring transformational humanities programming into the lives of Minnesotans throughout the state. Using story as a catalyst, we produce, create, and support projects and programs that explore a range of subjects. We believe in the power of humanities to connect people and communities, bridge differences, interpret the complexities of our world, and positively shape our collective future."

Minnesota Indian Education Association

"The purpose of MIEA is to establish and maintain communications and the promotion of quality education and unity for American Indians for the express purpose of continuity of communications and on-going awareness of local and statewide educational activities. This is done in many ways, but specifically it is a continued awareness and action that supports the unique educational and culturally relevant needs of American Indian students in our great state."

Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care

"MnTRECC is the voice that connects & strengthens early education & childcare services for American Indian Children &Families within the state of Minnesota." Providing resources, technical assistance & outreach, bridge connections & educate; cultural training, language revitalization, professional development, parent aware coaching, grants, and child care aware scholarships." (Native contributor and Minnesotan)

National Indian Education Association

"The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) was formed in 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Native educators who were anxious to find solutions to improve the education system for Native children. The NIEA Convention was established to mark the beginning of a national forum for sharing and developing ideas, and influencing federal policy." NIEA promotes tribal educational sovereignty, the use of traditional knowledge and language, improving educational opportunities and results within Native communities." (Native contributor)

Native Nations Institute

"Located on Tohono O’odham Nation traditional homelands the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI) was founded in 2001 by The University of Arizona and the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation as a self-determination, self-governance, and development resource for Native nations. It is housed at the university's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. NNI assists in building capable Native nations that can effectively pursue and ultimately realize their own political, economic, and community development objectives. This effort, which we call nation building, is the central focus of NNI's programs" (Native contributor)

Red Lake Nation College

The mission of Red Lake Nation College is to provide excellent higher education that is grounded in Ojibwe language and culture. We are striving to encourage a stronger sense of Native self-identity and self-confidence while teaching academic skills that prepare student for the next level of educational and professional success in the 21st century job market. (Native contributor and Minnesotan)

St. Cloud State American Indian Center

"Early in the 1990s, a number of campus community members became concerned about meeting the unique needs of the American Indian students attending St. Cloud State University. Indian programming had become a component of the Minority Student Programs. Through the efforts of an advisory committee, an American Indian Center was established in 1993. Educational, social, and cultural programming specific to American Indian students increased. Outreach activities for both Indian and non-Indian communities also were developed. The number and quality of programs continues to grow and are now carried on throughout the year." (Minnesotan)

University of Minnesota Duluth - American Indian Learning Resource Center

"The American Indian Learning Resource Center exists to enrich the cultural, academic, supportive, and social environment of the UMD campus. Our mission is to increase the recruitment and retention of American Indian and Alaskan Native students, while promoting a more culturally diverse campus environment. Working in conjunction with UMD staff, the AILRC provides supportive services to empower and aid in the success of our students and to enhance their educational experience." (Minnesotan)

White Earth Tribal and Community College

"White Earth Tribal and Community College is an institution of higher learning dedicated to academic excellence grounded in Anishinaabe culture, values, and traditions. Gibimiwidoomin gidinwewininaan niigaanakeyaa “We are carrying into the future the ways that we were given." (Native contributor and Minnesotan)

Why Treaties Matter - Educator Guides

"The Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit continues to serve as an educational tool for schools and beyond. Throughout 2013, a team of community members and educators collaborated to develop educator guides to accompany the Why Treaties Matter exhibit content. These guides provide educators with background, student readings and activities, vocabulary lists, and suggested web and print resources." (Minnesotan)