American Indian Community Liaison

Chad Poitra
American Indian Liaison
Inver Grove Heights Schools
South St. Paul Public Schools
poitrac@isd199.org
612-297-2270

Inver Grove Heights Schools is grateful for the chance to have formed an American Indian Education Program. The district and the Indian Education Program look to strengthen and support our diverse families by providing a culturally appropriate educational environment.

Some of the FREE services our American Indian Education Program provides are, but are not limited to:
  • Academic Support
  • Family/Community Resources and Advocacy
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • College Visits & Post-Secondary Preparations
  • Native Resource Library

Goals

  • Establish a strong community that supports the educational needs of American Indian students through an active American Indian Parent Committee
    • I am looking for 8-10 parents/guardians to volunteer on the American Indian Parent Committee. Please contact me if you are interested in participating.
  • Develop activities that support academic learning
    • Tutoring and mentor programs
    • Community resource list
    • Activities that reaffirm the importance of an education that's rooted in cultural pride

Eligibility

Any student with American Indian ancestry who fits one of the following qualifications:
  • Enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe
  • Parent is enrolled member of federal recognized tribe
  • Grandparent is an enrolled member of a federal recognized tribe
One of the above criteria must apply. Per federal requirement, a 506 form must be filled out by the legal guardian and on file at the district's Indian Education Office. ALL INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL. You do not have to fill out a 506 form. However, if you choose not to submit a form, the district cannot count your child for funding under the program.

About Mr. Poitra

I am an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. I was born and raised in the Twin Cities and I have been active in the metro area American Indian community for more than 20 years. During my professional career, I have held a variety of positions with local American Indian organizations including, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center, and specifically within Indian Education at Robbinsdale Schools District and ISD 197 (West St Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan Area). For the past 10 years, I have been an independent working with American Indian businesses and tribal nations on economic and business development initiatives.