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The Office of Indian Education provides instructional support services by providing needed supplies, transportation, cultural programming, enrollment help, and referral services to Native students in the Sioux Falls School District.

Indian Education is funded from three sources: Title VII (Indian Education) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Johnson O'Malley (JOM) BIA funds, and through the Sioux Falls School District General Fund. Through these sources, the District employs a full-time supervisor, two home-school liaisons, a secretary and eight partial teaching positions for our Native American Connections program and a part time Lakota language instructor.

Indian Education receives Title VII funding from the U.S. Department of Education through the formula grant program based on the number of enrolled Native American students attending school in our District. Title VII funds help provide instructional support, referral services and liaison services.

The District receives Johnson O'Malley (JOM) funds through the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe via a contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The purpose of the program is to provide support services for Native students enrolled in federally recognized tribes attending a public school. The funds can be used for instructional support services; purchased services, supplies and materials for education programs and activities.

The program receives guidance from the Title VII Parent Committee, which ensures Native parental involvement in the education of Native children in the Sioux Falls School District in accordance with federal regulations.