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.
Fall Semester 2014
Spring Semester 2015
The Spring Semester begins January 12, 2015. Please contact the MLBO Higher Education Office at 320-532-4695 to register.
Educational Programs to Consider
Augsburg College Partnership Grant Program
Augsburg College offers a tuition discount of roughly 10% (in the form of a grant) and an application fee waiver to employees of the Mille Lacs Band Government Center using a simple form and recent pay stub as proof of employment. To receive the discount, one form is filled out yearly throughout a student’s studies, usually in the fall term.
Education programs include: initiation or completion of a bachelor’s degree in the adult undergraduate program, master’s degrees in business (MBA), leadership (MAL), nursing (MAN), education (MAE), social work (MSW), creative writing (MFA) and a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP). The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is not included in the Augsburg Partnership Grant program.
Augsburg College combines a top quality faculty, personal attention, small class size, and a convenient Minneapolis location to support the academic success of students of all ages. Classes are designed for working professionals with busy lifestyles. With over 24,000 alumni, the college is known for its academic reputation and diverse student body. Augsburg has strong connections to its urban community and is committed to serving its neighbors.
For more information, visit www.augsburg.edu/grad/partnership-grant/
Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship
Chairman Ernie Stevens of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has endorsed the Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students, a new scholarship offered by the Reno, Nevada-based accounting firm.
“I’m thrilled to announce that Egghart is investing in a new generation of Native accountants and auditors,” said Chairman Stevens. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Native youth to pursue higher education and help protect tribal sovereignty.”
The Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students provides three awards of up to $5,000 each for the 2014 academic year. A competitive, merit-based scholarship, it was established to assist Native American students who plan to enter the accounting profession. Chairman Stevens will serve on the scholarship committee and help select awardees.
The inaugural scholarship from the Reno, Nevada-based accounting firm was awarded toIda Williams, a 26-year-old graduate student at Gonzaga University majoring in American Indian Entrepreneurship. Williams is a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe but also identifies herself as Oglala Lakota, Cheyenne and Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe.
Ms. Williams has set the bar in what the scholarship committee is looking for in applicants. “We were simply floored by her track record, leadership and dedication to growing the American Indian business community and improving the lives of Native Americans,” said Burns. “She has really set the bar high, and we hope to support more students in the future who demonstrate her level of passion and commitment to their communities.”
“Ultimately, we hope this scholarship helps build infrastructure and human capacity in Indian Country,” said Egghart Partner and Director of Audit and Assurance Ryan Burns. “It’s our way of giving back to the communities we work so closely with.”
To apply for the Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students, download an application at http://www.egghart.com/scholarship.
The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships
The online application is available January 1– May 31 each year for the following school year. For example, online applications are that are accepted January 1–May 31 are considered for the school year starting in the fall of that year. Applications may be submitted for a limited time period after May 31, but will only be considered if additional funds become available at a later date.
Cobell Education Scholarships Fund
The Department of the Interior July 1, 2014 announced that $2.9 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund was authorized by the historic Cobell Settlement and provides financial assistance through annual scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.