American Indian Education Program

Biindigan | Mitakuye | Welcome.

White Bear Lake Area Schools (WBLAS) American Indian Education Program (AIEP) is working in collaboration with the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC), and the Educational Equity and Achievement Department for WBLAS. Supervised via the Offices of Federal (Title VI) and State (AIEA) Programs. The AIEP goals are to provide meaningful, intentional, effective academic/non academic services and opportunities to every WBLAS American Indian (AI) student, while fostering cultural identity, pride, and intercultural education.


White Bear Lake is on the traditional homeland of the Dakota people. Bdote is where the Minnesota and Mississippi River meet, the center of the Dakota people.



District Center

"When we talk about land, land is part of who we are. It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they’re around us. As you all do.” Mary Lyons, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Parent Involvement

The White Bear Lake American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) is a collective of members comprised of parents, teachers and students who meet regularly throughout the school year on a monthly basis.  It is a parent driven initiative working collaboratively with representatives of the White Bear Lake Area Schools toward better outcomes for all American Indian students. The AIPAC's purpose is to identify and address areas to improve academic achievement of American Indian students through positive self-identity, as well as, to enhance knowledge of culture in broader school communities.  AIPAC initiatives and events are supported by White Bear Lake Area Schools with funding provided by the Federal Title VI program, and the Minnesota Department of Education American Indian Education Aid (AIEA) provided by the Department of Education and the Office of Indian Education. Provision of an Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee in each Minnesota school district is required by Minnesota Statutes, Sec. 124D.78.

Helpful knowledge - empowering AIEP students & families

Resources for Families