Category Archives: Education

10 May 2017

Support System That Carried Two Graduates across the Finish Line

  Each individual who enters the doors of American Indian OIC holds within them a story. Although each of these stories is different – one common thread is constant during students’ time here: the strength of the support system that lies within these walls. This support system is  what keeps students coming back each day,   Read more…

18 April 2017

Family Night at Takoda Prep

Families packed into the one room school house on the evening of Wednesday, March 15th for the quarterly family night at Takoda Prep. The night has always served several purposes: for staff and families to get to know one another, to discuss student progress, and to eat dinner together. However, with the planning and coordination   Read more…

15 September 2016

Education Leads to New Career for Takoda Graduate

Cory, a proud member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, knew he needed a change. He was working in a low-paying job that was starting to take a physical toll on his body. He wanted a job that had financial security and opportunities for advancement and one that was less physically straining. With the   Read more…

9 May 2016

Josh’s Success Story

Josh completed the Takoda Institute of Higher Education’s accredited Health Information and Patient Services Specialist occupational training program. Grants and scholarships fully covered his tuition, books, and fees. He was also provided with free job search support as he worked to enter his field of study. Here Josh shares an update on his life since   Read more…

11 April 2016

Takoda Prep Student Amongst 6 Honored with “Beat the Odds” Scholarship

Text Taken from the Star Tribune article “6 Twin Cities students honored with “Beat the Odds” Scholarship” by James Walsh. It’s telling, really, when young people who have struggled through poverty and hardship for most of their lives look to turn their lives over to helping others. For Shamaria Jordan and Christopher Oquist, two of   Read more…

22 March 2016

The K-12 system didn’t fail the American Indians.

The K-12 system didn’t fail the American Indians. Its methods have followed its own design to the letter… Formalized education in the United States was not designed to empower us. It was designed to pacify us, while it extinguished our culture. The relationship between the American Indian people and formalized education within this nation is   Read more…

11 March 2016

ABE Program Featured on MPR

Excerpts and images from Minnesota Public Radio. Brandt Williams, Reporting Caroline Yang, Photographs High school dropouts try to get back in the game For many, GED certificates are the ticket into the workforce or higher education that they didn’t punch in high school. …Minnesota ranks near the bottom of states when it comes to the   Read more…

13 January 2016

Legislative Alert

A critical meeting is taking place on Friday which will help determine how the Minnesota legislature addresses the disparities faced by communities of color in our state. This meeting is an important first step toward resolving damaging community issues and American Indian OIC is encouraged by this action. We are hopeful that a path to   Read more…

10 November 2015

Second Chance Pays off for Computer Support Student

Chris enrolled in college following his high school graduation, and – like many young people – perhaps did not value higher education as strongly as he should have. Within a few months of starting his college program, he dropped out. For the next decade Chris struggled to find his way. He bounced from job to   Read more…