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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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Use the gray navigation tabs on the left to access hundreds of culturally relevant curriculum resources.


Our site has standards based model lesson plans and tribal specific information including videos and IEFA publications.

Guidance and Data

Indian Education Fall 2011 Annual Data Collection Summary

Indian Education Fall 2010 Annual Data Collection Summary

Indian Education Fall 2009 Annual Data Collection Summary

Indian Education Fall 2008 Annual Data Collection Summary

Guides for evaluating lessons for
Indian Education for All

Evaluation form:
Classroom Application and Learning Objectives

Evaluation form:

Essential Understandings

A Guide for Evaluating Indian Education Services, Products, and Materials

A History & Foundation of American Indian Ed Policy

Letter to Vendors and Resource Providers

Funding Spectrum Guide: Indian Education for All Examples of activities suggested for IEFA funds (not intended as a definitive list). Also, please see Funding Spectrum Guide: Indian Education For All, listed above:

  • Indian Education for All guest speakers
  • Visiting experts from local tribes and tribal colleges
  • Peer mentoring or cooperative planning for instruction
  • Visits to cultural and historical sites with guidance from tribal experts
  • Purchase of books and materials that directly support implementation of IEFA
  • Book study groups/ literature circles emphasizing evaluation criteria
  • Planning time for development of Indian Education for All implementation
  • Planning time for familiarization with resources, including OPI website
  • Committee work on Indian Education for All curriculum and professional development
  • Registration and travel costs for conferences or stipends for professional development

Assess, Plan and Schedule Professional Development – 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.

Annual Data Collection (ADC) Yearly Summaries

A Process Guide for Realizing Indian Education for All: Lessons Learned from Lewis & Clark Elementary School – This guide presents insights gained from a two-year process of implementing Indian Education for All into an urban elementary school. Topics covered include: Integrating Indian Education as a form of place-based multicultural education, securing school-based commitment and teamwork, partnering with Indian People, intercultural communication – essence of Indian/non-Indian partnerships and supporting teachers to cross over the tipping point.

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.

Indian Education for All Podcast series: Mike Jetty and Sarah Pierce present video podcasts to update educators and other interested listeners to topics regarding Indian Education in Montana. Users can subscribe to get updates on new videos or view previously released podcasts. (/Streamer/IndianEd/Podcasts/IndianEDforALL_PodCast.xml)

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

This on-line presentation provides a basic overview of Essential Understandings 1 and 2 - Diversity Issues in Indian Country. One OPI renewal unit is available for successful completion.

Essential Understanding Number 6, Online Presentation – The Office of Public Instruction has developed this web based professional development resource for educators who would like to increase their background knowledge regarding the implementation of Indian Education for All. This presentation focuses on Essential Understanding 6 – History from American Indian Perspectives.  The presentation is approximately one hour in length. Participants who would like to receive one OPI renewal unit must complete a brief quiz and submit it to OPI. Instructions are included at the end of 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