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.
Summer Food Service: Program information
Days of Operation
June 9 – August 15 (closed on July 4)
Breakfast – 8:00 – 9:30 am
Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Adults can purchase breakfast $3.00, and lunch can be purchased for $4.00.
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
Fall 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.
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.
2014 ITCHE SHIKAAKE Scholarship Application
The Council for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER) announces the 2014 ITCHE SHIKAAKE Scholarship Application.
The scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000 and will be awarded at the 2014 National CTER Convention at Couer d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worely, Idaho.
Tribal Youth Police Academy
The Tribal Youth Police Academy (TYPA) provides an excellent opportunity to explore law enforcement and other criminal justice careers. Academy students will hear from tribal leaders and tribal police officers about the challenges facing Native American youth.
For more information, see their website: https://www.ncjtc.org/TYPA
WEWIN Conference Registration
2014-2015 Ge-naadamaagoyan Native American Scholarship
The College of St. Scholastica has created a new large scholarship for American Indian/Alaskan Native students.
Deadline: July 31, 2014
Amount: $5,000 to $18,000
The Ge-naadamaagoyan (that which helps you) Scholarship program is designated to provide significant scholarship opportunities to American Indian/Alaska Native students who demonstrate participation and commitment to advancing and/or preserving tribal communities’ traditions, which may include culture, language or history, and/or addressing contemporary social, economic or legal issues impacting tribal communities. The College will be offering five scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $18,000 based on a student’s need level as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and will be renewable for up to three years after the first year.
1. Applicant must demonstrate participation and commitment to advancing and/or preserving tribal communities’ traditions, which may include culture, language or history, and/or addressing contemporary social, economic or legal issues impacting tribal communities.
2. Applicant must be an entering freshman or new transfer student in the traditional undergraduate program at the main campus, with a cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher.
3. Student will actively participate in regular meetings, events and activities of the Indigenous Student Alliance at the College of St. Scholastica.
4. Student must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov by March 1, 2015.
5. Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
Application Available Online at:
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.