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 Brooke Niiyogaabawiikwe Mosay Gonzalez 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,and Ojibwe language and cultural programming.

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.
Early Education

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 and serves students from K-6.
Nay Ah shing

Ge-Niigaanizijig Program

The Ge-Niigaanizijig Program is a comprehensive after-school mentoring program with four main components or pillars: culture, community, career, and education.

The Education Department employs youth mentors for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.


The Aanjibimaadizing Program, which is part of the Department of Administration, employs teen mentors to work with students from grade 7 through 24 years of age.
For more information or to enroll your student, call the Aanjibimaadizing office at 320-532-7407 or 800-922-4457.

Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy

Is a Private School in the D2 area serving K-12.

Mille Lacs Band Scholarship Program

The Mille Lacs Band Scholarship Program provides financial aid to all Band members and first generation descendants 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 and requires students to apply for FAFSA.

For more information, see Scholarships.

Anishinaabe College (formerly Mille Lacs Tribal College) is located at the District I Community Center. 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 320-532-4795 to register. For information on course schedules and tuition, visit