American Indian Youth Demonstration Grant

Lincoln Public Schools, Federal Programs, includes the American Indian Education Team, which runs on a federal grant and offers Native students and their families a network of support to help improve the number of American Indian high school graduates. The Indian Education Team works with students K-12, advocating on their behalf, providing tutoring, mentoring, culturally aware counseling services, and creating opportunities for students to shadow professionals in the workplace. In addition, the Team organizes cultural enrichment activities and offers opportunities for students to visit college campuses. Regularly organized cultural events bring together the LPS American Indian community and the Team’s ongoing advocacy encourages Native students to engage in civic as well as extracurricular school activities.

American Indian families are the foundation of their students’ success, which is why the LPS Native American Advisory Committee (NAAC) was formed. NAAC meets quarterly with the Indian Education Team, helping to plan and guide cultural events aimed at encouraging and honoring the success of their students.

The overall goal of the American Indian Education Program is to provide needed supports for LPS American Indian students to make it possible for them to achieve academic success and graduate fully prepared for college or career.

We will be known by the tracks we leave behind.

— Dakota Proverb

American Indian Youth Demonstration Grant

Lincoln Public Schools, Federal Programs, includes the American Indian Education Team, which runs on a federal grant and offers Native students and their families a network of support to help improve the number of American Indian high school graduates. The Indian Education Team works with students K-12, advocating on their behalf, providing tutoring, mentoring, culturally aware counseling services, and creating opportunities for students to shadow professionals in the workplace. In addition, the Team organizes cultural enrichment activities and offers opportunities for students to visit college campuses. Regularly organized cultural events bring together the LPS American Indian community and the Team’s ongoing advocacy encourages Native students to engage in civic as well as extracurricular school activities.

American Indian families are the foundation of their students’ success, which is why the LPS Native American Advisory Committee (NAAC) was formed. NAAC meets quarterly with the Indian Education Team, helping to plan and guide cultural events aimed at encouraging and honoring the success of their students.

The overall goal of the American Indian Education Program is to provide needed supports for LPS American Indian students to make it possible for them to achieve academic success and graduate fully prepared for college or career.

We will be known by the tracks we leave behind.

— Dakota Proverb

A Four-Part Strategy for Success

The Indian Education Team tries to infuse cultural enrichment into every activity and event they organize. Non-Indian students are invited and welcome to participate. Artists, speakers, musicians, and storytellers help students grasp and retain academic information.

Academic Supports

Academic Support for American Indian students includes Success Coaches, job shadowing, college visits, focus programs, and book clubs at the secondary schools. The elementary students have quarterly Fundays that focus on fun and exciting STEM projects. Also held quarterly for the elementary students are Family Reading Nights. Tutoring is a priority for all grade levels.

Social Supports

Social Support for American Indian students includes school clubs and caucuses, Native American Advisory Council, and the LPS Native Youth Leadership Council.

Behavioral and Emotional Supports

Behavioral and Emotional Support for American Indian students includes an American Indian Therapy group that focuses first on the benefit of our students, and then providing cultural competency sessions for the LPS counselors and social workers at all 65 LPS school buildings. Through these efforts, we build a network of supportive, knowledgeable adults throughout the District.

Cultural Supports

Cultural Support includes bringing Native artists, musicians, professionals, elders, business owners and others to share their knowledge in the schools with American Indian students. This support also gives Native students an opportunity share aspects of their cultures with the non-Native students at their schools.

Educational Success Team

Lincoln Public Schools, Federal Programs includes the Native Education Team, which is funded by a federal grant that offers Native students and their families a network of support to help improve the number of Native high school graduates. The Native Education Team works with students K–12, advocating on their behalf, providing tutoring, mentoring, counseling services, and creating opportunities for students to shadow professionals in the workplace. In addition, the Team organizes cultural enrichment activities and offers opportunities for students to visit college campuses. Regularly organized cultural events bring together the LPS Native community and the Team’s ongoing advocacy encourages Native students to engage in civic as well as extracurricular school activities.

You can learn more about the American Indian Youth Demonstration Grant here.

Native American Youth Leadership Council

Purpose

Secondary school students will positively influence an improvement in American Indian high school graduation rates through practicing peer advocacy and support and by modeling leadership skills in academic and social settings. The students will actively encourage among their peers discussions about college/career choices.

Activities

Advocates will identify and make available to the Native American Youth Leadership Council (Council) opportunities for leadership training, as well as opportunities for the Council to practice their leadership skills. Leadership training will include scheduling workshops and arranging field-trips for the Council to learn and observe leadership skills. Examples of practice opportunities could include 1) serving as a student chaperone for the annual Native Middle School Conference; 2) ushering at the Vision Maker Film Festival; 3) introducing speakers and artists at LPS events; 4) serving at the annual Eagle Feather Ceremony to honor our senior graduates; and 5) volunteering time for community service projects.

Purpose

  1. Attend scheduled meetings to help organize, collaborate, and build youth/community connections;
  2. Participate as a Council member in no fewer than two (2) annual LPS Native American Education events each year;
  3. Develop, lead, and complete Council projects to benefit the community;
  4. Volunteer in community organized events (such as powwows and fundraisers that benefit Greater Lincoln’s Native community);
  5. Be a spokesperson, model, and voice for Native peers when implementing Council projects and when making decisions regarding school and academics; 
  6. Participate in Native American Caucus meetings at your home Middle or High School.

Professional Development for LPS Staff

Our grant allows us to offer LPS teachers sociocultural training that will strengthen the relationships between teachers and Native families.

With our grant, Native mental health professionals will provide training to LPS counselors and social workers, bringing greater awareness about obstacles that come between our Native students and their academic success.

We can invite speakers from various disciplines to work with students, teachers, families, and the community to illuminate American Indian contributions in our modern communities.

Indian Education Benefits

  • Back-to-school Backpack Program
  • UNL Native American Leadership Symposium
  • Family Reading Nights
  • Middle School Conference
  • University Campus Visits
  • Job Shadowing Opportunities
  • Native American High School Caucuses
  • Elementary After-School Clubs
  • Eagle Feather Project
  • NAAC — Native American Advisory Committee

Partnerships

  • Society of Care Navigator
  • Morningstar Counseling and Consultation
  • Nebraska Indian Affairs Commission
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
  • Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska
  • Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
  • Francie and Finch Bookshop
  • Native Centered Education Program (NiCE)
  • University of Nebraska — Lincoln
  • Native American Advisory Council
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • The Career Academy
  • LPS Native Youth Leadership Council 
  • Lied Center for Performing Arts
  • Nebraska Army National Guard
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Initialize
  • UNL Transportation Center
  • Community Learning Centers
  • Dreamcatcher Rides
  • Nebraska History Museum
  • Nebraska Indian Education Association