Indian Education

Biindigan. Mitakuye. Welcome.

The American Indian Education Program is supervised via the Office of Federal and State Programs, working in collaboration with the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee.  The goal is to provide meaningful, intentional, effective academic/non academic services and opportunities to every White Bear Lake Area Schools American Indian student, while fostering cultural identity and pride.




Parent Involvement

The White Bear Lake American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) is a collective of elected members comprised of parents, teachers and students who meet regularly throughout the school year.  It is a parent driven initiative working collaboratively with representatives of the White Bear Lake Area Schools toward better outcomes for all self-identified 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 and to enhance knowledge of culture in broader school communities.  AIPAC initiatives and events are supported by White Bear Lake Area Schools with a grant provided by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Title VI grant provided by the Department of Education 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.

Contacts/Committee Members

Jordan Zickermann

Indian Ed. Program Lead

Cultural Liaison



Christine Cermak

Indian Ed. Activities Coordinator


Parent Advisory Committee Members

○      Andrew Adams III, Chairperson/parent

○      Raymond Cermak, Vice-chairperson/parent

○      Renee Butters, Secretary/parent

○      Christine Cermak, parent

○      Danielle Delong, parent

○      Victoria Leoni, parent

○      Dennis Olson, parent

○      Kelly Sam, parent

○      Katina Zambrano, parent

○      Jennifer Adams, student

○      Leticia Thornhill, student

○      Kari Thimjon, Teacher - Vadnais Heights

○      Jessica Ellison, School Board Member

Meeting Schedule

2018-19 Parent Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on a Monday from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in room 206 at the District Center,

4855 Bloom Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

○      August 21st

○      September 17th

○      October 15th

○      December 17th

○      January 28th

○      February 26th

○      March 18th

○      April 15th

○      May 20th

○      June 17th


2019-20 Parent Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

Beginning 2019-20, meetings will be held on Wednesday’s from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 206 at the District Center, 4855 Bloom Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Meetings are open to the public. Everyone is Welcome.

○      August 14th

○      September 11th

○      October 9th

○      November 13th

○      December 11th

○      January 15th

○      February 12th

○      March 18th

○      April 15th

○      May 13th

○      June 10th

506 Form



I.       How is the American Indian Education program funded?

The White Bear Lake Indian Education Program is partially funded through Title VI of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. In order to apply for these funds, the district needs to document the number of American Indian students enrolled in White Bear Lake Area Schools. This is done through the Title VI Student Eligibility Certification (506) form (link below).

II.            Who is eligible for services?

Parents/guardians of American Indian students who are members of a tribe or band or who are descendants of a parent or grandparent who is a member of a tribe or band, are asked to consider completing this form. A completed form makes students eligible to receive services that the Title VI federal funding will provide. Completed forms should be returned to your child’s school or directly to:

III.          What is the cost for services?

The American Indian Education program is a federally and state funded program. Program services are available to all American Indian students enrolled in the program free of charge.

IV.         Location?

We are a part of the Office of Federal and State Grants Program, located at the White Bear Lake Area School District Center. 4855 Bloom Ave. Suite 301 White Bear Lake, MN 55110

V.           How do I enroll my children in White Bear Lake Indian Education?

To enroll in our program, you must fill out a 506 Form and send it to our office. To receive a form or for more information contact Jordan Zickermann.

VI.         Why should I fill out a 506 form for my children?

The Federal Government requires ISD 624 to have on file a signed 506 form for each student eligible student, before funding this program.

VII.       What services are currently available for my children?

The following are free services offered this year:

·         Cultural enrichment classes for families and students

·         Academic advocacy - monitoring grades and attendance

·         Tutoring for high school students

·         Information for post-secondary planning, financial aid and scholarships Students must be enrolled in the program to participate.


For additional information or help filling out your 506 Form call Jordan Zickermann at 651-407-7647 or by email at


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