P.O. Box 202501 • Helena, MT 59620-2501
Putting Montana Students First
Montana’s constitutional requirement and duly enacted policy require recognition of the distinct and unique cultural heritage of American Indians and a commitment in our educational goals to preserve their cultural heritage. Every Montanan, whether Indian or non-Indian, should be encouraged to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians in a culturally responsive manner. The OPI Indian Education for All (IEFA) Unit works with districts, tribes, and other entities to ensure all schools have the knowledge, tools and resources necessary to honor the IEFA requirement and integrate it into their teaching materials and methods.
Meet the Team & Access IEFA Resources
Working closely with Indian Education for All staff, we support schools in closing the achievement gap for American Indian students. We provide funding opportunities, and technical support and assistance that is unique to Montana and its American Indian Students.
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Tribal Relations & Resiliency
The Tribal Relations and Resiliency Unit (TRRU) was developed to build relationships and understandings within the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and Montana school districts to incorporate Tribal voice, share resources and build connections through consultation on matters affecting American Indian students.
Within the TRRU, the Systems of Care Tribal Wraparound Project works to enhance systems through collaborative partnerships. The Wraparound Project Team ensures that services are family-driven, youth-guided, and fit within the cultural framework of the individual youth and their families.