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). 

(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


Restorative Justice Training - September 23-25, 2019, Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn & Suites, Kalispell
Resolutions Northwest is partnering with Montana Office of Public Instruction to assist with facilitating a gathering where youth, elders, school staff, and community members can envision how they want to begin or continue restorative practices in their school communities.
For more information and how to register click here.

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.


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