Indigenous Education Program | Anishinaabe Kinoomaagewin

About the Program

TCAPS' Indigenous Education Program's mission is to support the unique cultural and academic needs of Native American and Alaska Native students from Kindergarten through graduation.

The overall goal of the program is to increase the knowledge of cultural identity and awareness within TCAPS, increase student achievement, and support students as they progress toward graduation.

The program is funded by a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and is administered through the Office of Indian Education. The program is further supplemented through additional grant monies from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians’ Community 2% Funds.

TCAPS Indigenous Education Parent Committee Meeting

Date:  Monday, September 9, 2024
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Locations:  Google Meet

Google Meet joining info:
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 662-434-4951‬ PIN: ‪346 395 385‬#

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2024-2025 Indigenous Education Parent Committee Meeting

Locations: West Middle School Library and Google Meet
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

September 9, 2024 - Election of Officers
November 11, 2024 
February 10, 2025 
March 10, 2025 - Annual Public Meeting
April 22, 2025 - Title VI Grant Review Meeting
June 9, 2025 - End-of-Year Meeting

Parent Committee meetings are an opportunity to get involved in the Indigenous Education Program and provide input to the program.

The TCAPS Indigenous Education Parent Committee was established to provide input and assistance with the program.  All parents and guardians of TCAPS Native American students are encouraged to attend these informative meetings and to share their thoughts and opinions.


  • Academic assistance designed to meet the individual needs of students
  • Access to services and funding for academic or extracurricular activities, camps, and continuing educational programs
  • Summer Bridge workbooks to help PreK – 7th grade students maintain skills over the summer months
  • Liaison with school, family, and/or outside agencies on behalf of students’ needs
  • Cultural assistance, materials, resources, and presentation assistance to TCAPS school and/or teachers
  • Native American and Alaskan Native certification assistance


  • Any Native American or Alaska Native student in the Traverse City Area Public Schools district
  • To apply, complete a PDF DocumentStudent Eligibility Certification Form (506 Form)
  • Forms may also be obtained at each school’s office or by calling 231.933.5897.


  • Students may be identified for academic assistance through the Indigenous Education Office or by the school principal, a teacher, parent, or self-referral.
  • Teacher Instructional Assistants work with students under the direction of the student’s teacher, counselor or principal.
  • Academic assistance is arranged on an individualized basis.