We provide schools and staff with knowledge, skills, and content to ensure Indian Education for All means cultural enrichment, academic engagement, and equitable pedagogy for students.


Welcome to our new Indian Education page. We are currently working to update all of our Indian Education resources and will be continually updating our site with new and improved Indian Education resources.  Please check back often.  

If you are looking for a specific IEFA resource and cannot locate it, please contact Joan Franke (406-444-3694). 

Featured Resource

Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians

(Revised 2019)

About Us

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 funding. This is accomplished through grants, professional development, pilot projects and technical assistance to individual schools.


Hot Topics

Indian Education for All K-12 Grant Opportunity

What is the IEFA K-12 Grant? Can I apply?

Eligible Applicants: This K-12 IEFA grant is open to any Montana public school district. Priority will be given to schools which have not had a previous IEFA grant.

Range of Awards: Grant awards are available in a range of approximately $1,000 up to $12,000 for each project, depending on the scope of the proposal. There will be a limited number of grants awarded.

Project Period: The grant monies are available for the 2019-2020 School Year (July 1-June 30).  Application deadline is June 21st.  The application is located on the E-Grants System

As you prepare your proposal please consider following these steps:

1. Contact Indian Education for All Unit staff to discuss your ideas and plans:

Zach Hawkins: 406-444-0708

Mike Jetty: 406-444-0720

Jennifer Stadum: 406-444-0725

2. Review The Framework: A Practical Guide for Montana Teachers and Administrators Implementing Indian Education for All

3. Complete a FREE course on The Framework on the Teacher Learning Hub

Legislation: Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 20-1-501

Recognition of American Indian cultural heritage

Every Montanan...whether Indian or non-Indian, be encouraged to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians in a culturally responsive manner...all school personnel should have an understanding and awareness of Indian tribes to help them relate effectively with Indian students and parents…Every educational agency and all educational personnel will work cooperatively with Montana tribes...when providing instruction and implementing an educational goal. 


New Indian Education For All Hub Course!
This course provides a step-by-step overview of The Framework: A Practical Guide for MT Teachers and Administrators Implementing Indian Education for All (IEFA). This course will help all educators in understanding how to carefully integrate IEFA practices across curriculum areas in classrooms, schools, and districts.
Developed by Dr. Tammy Elser in partnership with the Salish Kootenai College (SKC).  Sign up for the course.

International Traditional Games Clinics 2019 – Workshop details and application - Date: June 24 - 28, 2019 at Great Falls College-MSU


New Resource from the National Museum of the American Indian




Indian Education Staff

Joan Franke, Administrative Assistant                               

(406) 444-3694

Zach Hawkins, Unit Director, Indian Education for All

(406) 444-0708

Mike Jetty, Indian Education Specialist                              

(406) 444-0720

Stephen Morsette, Indian Education Specialist                  

(406) 444-0754

Jennifer Stadum, Indian Education Specialist                     

(406) 444-0725

Michelle Mitchell, Unit Director, Indian Student Achievement

(406) 444-3013

Leo Davis, Indian Student Achievement Specialist

(406) 444-2503

Joycelyn DesRosier, Indian Student Achievement Specialist

(406) 444-3642

Donnie Wetzel, American Indian Youth Development


(406) 444-4527




Indian art