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.
The Mille Lacs Band Higher Education Office (MLBHEO) is established to assist enrolled members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and their children as they pursue their educational goals. A financial award may also be given to those members who successfully obtain their degree, diploma or certificate.
The Mille Lacs Band operates the K-12 Nay Ah Shing Schools in District I of the reservation.
Nay Ah Shing students produced a documentary in 2010 that explores the problems of violence and drug and alcohol abuse on the reservation. The video, which features interviews with both students and Elders, is a part of a project sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Education. It will be combined into one documentary with videos from 20 other Native American schools.
The Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy is an Ojibwe charter school located in McGregor to serve District II of the reservation. The school is operated independently from the Mille Lacs Band.
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 collaborative partnerships with both Central Lakes College and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Spring Semester 2014
Educational Programs to Consider
Essential Careers Program
The purpose of the Essential Careers Program is to identify members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to fill identified critical areas of tribal operations. The program is designed to strengthen tribal government through higher education by placing Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe member on a “fast track” to obtain professional degrees deemed critical for the growth of the Band. Details here
Students interested in participating in the Essential Careers Program must submit all required documents no later than August 1st. This deadline date will provide ample time for the Selection Committee to select candidates prior to the start of the academic year.
Semester in Washington –George Washington University
The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program. NAPLP is made possible by a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation.
NAPLP scholarships are awarded to students based on academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in politics. Students from all tribes and from every part of the United States are welcome to apply. There is no application fee for those applying for the NAPLP scholarship.
What does the NAPLP scholarship cover?
· Tuition and fees for the two core classes, plus an optional third course (up to 9 credit hours total)
· Housing in a GW dormitory
· A small stipend for books and living expenses, paid in two installments
· Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)
Deadline for application extended to March 15, 2014 for the summer program. Apply at: http://semesterinwashington.gwu.edu/naplp