Department of Education

The Department of Education’s mission is to provide learners of all ages access to a variety of high-quality educational opportunities. The department hopes to enhance the pride, culture and expectations of all Band members. Commissioner of Education Ed Minnema oversees the department.

The Band helps provide its members of all ages with a variety of educational opportunities through Head Start/Early Head Start, academics, extracurricular activities, scholarships, library services, and Ojibwe language and cultural programming.



Rick St. Germaine
Commissioner

320-630-0674


Joycelyn Shingobe
Executive Director


Julie Benjamin
Administrative Financial Manager

320-532-4695


Wewinabi Early Education

Head Start, Early Head Start, and day care services are available for infants, toddlers and preschoolers ages 0-5 in District I. Districts II and III offer Early Head Start and Head Start to children ages 0-5.

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Nay Ah Shing Schools

The Mille Lacs Band operates the K-12 Nay Ah Shing Schools in District I of the reservation. Nay Ah Shing Schools provide education for students in grades K-12. Nay Ah Shing is North Central Association (NCA) accredited and meets all criteria established by the State of Minnesota. Pine Grove Leadership in Aazhoomog (District III) is a satellite of Nay Ah Shing.

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Noah Johnson
Principal

320-532-4695 Ext. 2104


Lehtitia Weiss
Assistant Principal

320-532-4690


Niigaan Program

The Niigaan Program of the Mille Lacs Band helps youth develop the attitudes, skills, values and behaviors that enable them to succeed in life. We encourage a healthy and physically fit lifestyle by providing recreational and organized sports complemented with cultural programming. These key elements drive our efforts and allow us to make a lasting impact on youth.

Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy

Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy, an Ojibwe Indian Charter School located in East Lake, is dedicated to a mission of significantly improving the academic performance of Ojibwe students from the East Lake/District II community. The academy has a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education and is operated independently from the Mille Lacs Band. The school opened in fall 2007.

Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy
20930 367th Ln
East Lake, Minnesota, MN 55760

218-768-5320

Mille Lacs Band Scholarship Program

The Mille Lacs Band Scholarship Program provides financial aid to all Band members as they pursue their educational goals and rewards them financially when they achieve those goals. This program is not intended to replace other forms of financial aid.

For more information, see Mille Lacs Band Scholarship Program.

Anishinaabe College

Anishinaabe College (formerly Mille Lacs Tribal College) is located at Nay Ah Shing Upper School – 43651 Oodena Drive in Onamia. The college offers post-secondary classes through a collaborative partnership with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Please contact the MLBO Higher Education Office at 320-532-4695 to register. For information on course schedules and tuition, visit fdltcc.edu.