Indian Education

The office of Indian Education oversees the Sioux Falls School District’s Title VI and Johnson O’Malley (JOM) programs. These Indian Education programs are federally funded programs, designed to meet the educational and culturally related needs of American Indian Students. They are coordinated through a parent advisory committee composed of parents or guardians of Native American Students. They advise the project supervisors and the school district in the direction and implementation of the Indian Education programs.

Eligibility Guidelines

In order to qualify for services, students must be enrolled in the Sioux Falls School District and have a completed 506 (Title VI) Form on file with the SFSD Office of Indian Education.

Title VI

Students must be enrolled, or have a parent, or grandparent enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, band, or other organized groups. Students must have a signed Title VI Eligibility Certification Form on file with the Office of Indian Education.

Johnson O’Malley (JOM)

Students must be enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe, band, or other organized groups. A copy of their blood degree must be filed with the Office of Indian Education.

Funding for both JOM and Title VI are dependent on the number of students enrolled in these programs. Funding varies annually.

The Great Plains Regional Office (GPRO) is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The Region has 12 Agencies; 7 in South Dakota.

Services

Assistance for Academic Costs

Limited assistance is available for children 17 and younger for summer school tuition, GED testing fees, and high school and middle school bus passes for those who qualify.

Cultural Presentations

Cultural presentations are arranged throughout the district to promote and increase students’ knowledge of Native American Culture.

Elementary Oceti Sakowin Owauspe

Currently, the OSO program at the elementary level is devoted to developing culturally relevant curriculum and materials that will be integrated across the K-5 elementary curriculum. Professional Development sessions to support teachers of Native American students are available in each elementary school.

Home School Liaison

Home visits are made by our staff liaisons to improve school attendance and address any academic or health concerns

Lakota/Dakota Language Classes

Lakota/Dakota I and II, are offered at Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Jefferson High Schools. The credits meet the language graduation requirement for those students who are on the College Preparation track.

Middle and High School Oceti Sakowin Owauspe Classes

Research states that students who are connected to their schools tend to be more engaged, and as a result, will be more likely to graduate from high school. The bulk of our services are designed to connect Native American students to their schools by offering services at each of the middle and high schools. Teachers provide culturally relevant academic instruction and case management to address difficult issues some students may be experiencing.

Referral Resource

Referrals can be made to district and community agencies and service providers, who can best meet the individual needs of students and families.

Heather Goodface-Ferguson

Heather Goodface-Ferguson

Indian Education Liaison

✆ (605) 367-4282
✉ Email Heather Goodface-Ferguson
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Samantha Brinkman

Samantha Brinkman

Indian Education Liaison

✆ (605) 367-4282
✉ Email Samantha Brinkman
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Anna Keller

Anna Keller

Instructional Coach (TOSA)

✆ (605) 367-4282
✉ Email Anna Keller
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Patti Lake-Torbert

Patti Lake-Torbert

Senior Coordinator of Student Support Services

✆ (605) 367-4282
✉ Email Patti Lake-Torbert
➢ IPC - Student Support Services