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It’s been my pleasure to serve the St. Paul Indian Community as the Lead Teacher for the Indian Education. The main aspect of my position is to support our program’s grant funding through data collection, data management, and grant reporting. But the exciting part of my position is cultural education. American Indian culture, language, and history are subjects that are seldom taught in the classrooms. If you think about it, for most people in America, education from the elementary to college level, there are few courses offered that include an American Indian perspective. Well, things are going to change soon. The new Minnesota State standards in Social Studies will now include “contributions of Minnesota American Indians” in all K-12 Social Studies course work. I have been working closely with the SPPS Social Studies curriculum Department and Social Studies teachers to include an American Indian perspective and lessons in their coursework. This means that all students attending SPPS will have the opportunity to learn accurate information about American Indian people, instead of relying on the stereotypes and misrepresented images that we as Indian people are portrayed as in movies and the media. This is truly an exciting time for the Saint Paul Indian Education Program.