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Indian Education Contacts

Mandy Smoker Broaddus Mandy Smoker Broaddus
Director of Indian Education, 406.444.3013

Natalie RoweNatalee Hawks,
Title III Indian Education Specialist., 406.444.3482

Mike Jetty Mike Jetty
Indian Education Specialist, 406.444.0720

Jennifer Jennifer Stadum
Indian Education Implementation Specialist, 406.444.0725

Stephen MorsetteStephen Morsette
Indian Education Implementation Specialist, 406.444.0754

Sarah PierceSarah Pierce
American Indian Student Achievement Specialist, 406.444.0708

Donnie Wetzel, JrDon Wetzel, Jr.
Statewide Youth & Community Outreach Coordinator, 406.444.4527

Joan FrankeJoan Franke
Administrative Assistant, 406.444.3694

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Indian Education

The goal of the Indian Education Division is to assist in the successful implementation of the Indian Education for All Act (MCA 20-1-501) and to work to close the achievement gap for American Indian students in Montana.

Implementation of Indian Education for All is achieved through professional development, grants to local schools, funding to regional education providers and other partners, and through the development and publication of material and resources for K-12 public schools.

The Indian Education Division works with schools on Indian Student Achievement through state funding and federal ESEA Title III funding. This is accomplished through grants, professional development, pilot projects and technical assistance to individual schools.

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Law and Policy

People, Place, and History Curriculum Development and Implementation

Media Resources


Montana Tribes Map

Click on individual reservation to connect to tribal website

Click here for an interactive version of this map to view seals of the Tribal Nationsclear

Blackfeet Crow Reservation Fort Peck Reservation Fort Belknap Reservation Rocky Boys Reservation Little Shell Headquarters Flathead Reservation Northern Cheyene Reservation clear

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Welcome to our new Indian Education Division page! We have a wide variety of Indian Education resources on our site and we hope you find them useful. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or kudos!
Thank you,
The Indian Education Division

Are you looking for new Indian Education for All resources? Check out some of our updated IEFA resources for Art, ELA, Music and Social Studies…
Crossing Boundaries Through Art: Seals of Montana Tribal Nations
Using Primary Source Documents to Understand Tribal Sovereignty
The Power of Place: Place-Based Approaches to Researching Indigenous Montana Histories
Songs from the Indian Reading Series
Resilience: Stories of Twenty Indian Women

Title III and English Language Learners

The purpose of the Title III program is to help ensure that LEP students become proficient in English and attain state standards through creating high level language instructional programs, professional development and parent outreach.

The inclusion of links on this site does not imply endorsement or support of any of the linked information, services, products, or providers.


Professional Development

OPI Indian Education staff provides Indian Education for All professional development for educators, school administrators, school boards and community groups. Trainings are offered both online and onsite at schools, district PIR days, and conferences at no charge.

Take these steps to provide professional development for your group.

  • ASSESS professional development needs using a simple survey. Administrators (e.g. superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, IEFA coaches, teacher leaders) may request this 15 minute survey for a group, district, school building or professional learning community. Click here to request the survey. ( )
  • PLAN for professional development by using survey results to select the IEFA professional development module that best meets those needs.
  • SCHEDULE a visit from OPI Indian Education Staff, link to an online presentation, or contact Indian Education for other resources..

OPI Renewal Units available. Explore all available professional development options by clicking on the ONLINE and ON SITE tabs.

No training available at this time.

An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana. This course will provide you with a basic foundation for implementing Indian Education for All (IEFA) in your classroom. IEFA is an integral component in ongoing efforts to provide all students with a high quality education. IEFA offers students an opportunity to meet academic standards in multiple content areas and grade levels as they learn about the distinct and unique cultures and heritages of American Indians.

  • Self-paced
  • 2 OPI renewal units
  • To enroll, click on the course name then "Enroll me" button

Understanding and Treating Childhood Traumatic Stress "Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in Schools" is a short power point presentation by OPI and the University of Montana's Institute for Educational Research and Service. The presentation summarizes the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACE study, "one of the largest investigations ever conducted on the links between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being."
OPI renewal units available. Instructions found within the presentation

Framework Cover The Framework: A Practical Guide for Montana Teachers and Administrators Implementing Indian Education for All.
This presentation provides an overview of this valuable resource which serves as a bridge between theory and practice and also between the delivery of content and the development of skills. Video clips featuring Montana educators Dr. Tammy Elser and Superintendent Chris Stout (Seeley Lake), are included in the presentation.
Full Interview Clips: Tammy Elser and Chris Stout

School Visits, District PIR Days, Presentations and Conferences...

  • History and overview of legal, ethical and instructional facets of Indian Education for All
  • Essential Understandings regarding MT Indians
  • Ideas for curriculum integration
  • Extra time may be requested for exploration of IEFA curriculum resources
  • Recommended time: 2– 4 hrs or 2 – 4 hour-long sessions
  • Supporting content standards with best-practice instruction
  • Levels of integration (Banks, et al)
  • Content and grade-level specific resources and ideas
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Demonstrating/modeling IEFA lesson plans
  • Recommended time: 2– 4 hrs or 2 – 4 hour-long sessions
  • Mascots, media stereotypes
  • Current Events   i.e.  natural resources and economic development issues
  • Tribal sovereignty issues
  • Recommended time: 2 hrs or 2 hour-long sessions
  • Literature by and about American Indians to
    support standards-based instruction
  • Grade-level and content specific suggestions
  • Evaluation criteria, selecting and using quality literature
  • Resources for locating and purchasing materials
  • Recommended time: 2 hrs or 2 hour-long sessions
  • Learn to use the PlaceNames curriculum (Grade 6, adaptable)
  • Salish ˜ Pend d'Oreille worldview, sense of place
  • integrates Science, Communication Arts, Technology, and Social Studies
  • Rationale, policy review
  • Funding/accountability
  • Supporting teachers’ IEFA instruction
  • IEFA and multicultural education theory
  • Rationale, policy review
  • Supporting teachers’ IEFA instruction
  • Funding/accountability
  • Recognizing cultural lenses,  shifting attitudes
8. IEFA awareness for community groups, general public
9. Facilitating partnerships between local educators and cultural experts


The new RFP for the 2017-2018 Indian Education for All Grants will be posted on or before April 20th.



MACIE - Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education

The next MACIE meeting is August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Stone Child College, 8294 Upper Box Elder Road, Box Elder. Please let Joan Franke at know if you will be attending.

The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education Division is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation, require an alternate format of a document, or have questions concerning accessibility, please contact Joan Franke at (406) 444-3694, TTY (406) 444-0169, or e-mail by close of business day July 21, 2017.

The Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education has been established by the Office of Public Instruction and the Board of Public Education to act in an advisory role to them in matters affecting the education of Indian students in Montana.

Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education shall advocate for greater cooperation among tribal, state and federal organizations, institutions, groups and agencies for the express purpose of promoting high-quality education and equal educational opportunity for Montana's Indian students.

MACIE Membership:
The composition of the council shall consist of members who are representative of Indian education in the state of Montana. The membership shall be selected in consultation with Indian education organizations, tribes and schools. Each reservation shall be invited to have one representative who is nominated by the Tribal Council.

MACIE Constitution
MACIE Members