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.

Nay Ah Shing Schools

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 – 9:00-10:00 am
Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Adults can purchase breakfast $3.00, and lunch can be purchased for $4.00.

The Non-Removables

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.

Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy

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

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

Course Schedule

Course Descriptions

Fall Semester 2014

EZ Enrollment Day 2014

Course Descriptions

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

Application Deadline

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.


Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship

The Minnesota Department of Education – Office of Indian Education is happy to announce that the Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship program is accepting applications now through May 31st, 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. This scholarship program will support undergraduate students up to $2,000 per academic year and graduate students up to $4,000 per academic year.

Applications and instructions can be found on the Indian Education page of the Minnesota Department of Education website:

2014 Ethel Curry Scholarship Announcement

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

“Promise to Act” Summit

Please join Isle, Onamia, Nay Ah Shing Schools, in partnership with Central Lakes College and Minnesota Minority Education Partnership as we unveil the ‘Mille Lacs Area Race Equity and Excellence in Education for ALL ‘Promise to Act Plan’.

Program Information

Monday, April 14, 2014
Onamia Elementary School Cafeteria and Gym
5:30-7:00 pm
Dinner at 5:30 Presentation at 6:00
Childcare available

In 2011 education and community leaders began a collective action project to address the opportunity gap in education (commonly referred to as ‘closing the achievement gap’) across the Mille Lacs communities. In effort to close the achievement gap and increase opportunities for success for ALL students, our team has developed a regional ‘Promise to Act’ cradle to college model to ensure that ALL students are successful and that ALL of our communities will thrive economically!

It takes a village to raise our children! We are calling on ALL families, ALL elected and appointed leaders, ALL elders, ALL clergy and spiritual leaders, ALL business leaders and ALL that care about the economic vitality of our lake community to help ensure educational success for ALL!

Please RSVP Cyndy Rudolph, or call her at 320-532-6829.

For more info contact: (Wewinabe- Early Childhood Program) Tammy Wickstrom 320-532-7590 • (Isle) Dean Kapsner 320-676-3494, ext 119  • (Onamia) Jason Long 320-532-6760 • (Central Lakes College) Mary Sam 218-855-8159

Social Work Information Session – University of Minnesota-Duluth

Visit with Department of Social Work representatives and learn more about our new, primarily online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program and our Master of Social Work Program (MSW)!

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. during the Winter Institute in Child Welfare

Where: Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Conference Center

Why: Learn more about social work, advancing your degree, and funding opportunities!

Interested in Your MSW? Come learn about our new ICWA Scholars Program and how you can get $18,000 toward tuition and fees!

Visit the UMD Department of Social Work online at to learn about the BSW & MSW Programs and find our program applications. Questions? Contact Jensina Rosen at or 218/726-7497 to learn more!

Informational Flyer

Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Summer Institute

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD – July 14-18, 2014

TRC Summer Institute Program Information