The American Indian Student Achievement (AISA) Unit joined with the Tribal Relations and Resiliency Unit in Winter of 2023 to create the Tribal Student Achievement, Relations and Resiliency Unit (TSARR). With a expansive team that is fully committed to closing the opportunity gap that exists between American Indian students and their peers, we embark on a mission of cultural inclusion and relationship. The educational efforts over the past 30+ years have brought little to no positive change in closing the gap for our American Indian students. We are moving in a new direction by including our tribal voices, our elders, and our youth. Identifying the strengths and direction they want to proceed to live a successful
The American Indian Student Achievement Unit provides supports for programs in K-12 education related to Indian education in Montana which is aligned with applicable policies, procedures, laws, and rules of the State of Montana. Other unit activities and areas of support include culture and native languages supports, school improvement/school reform, whole child supports (including mental/social/emotional health and development), and resource and material development. AISA’s goal is to assist all school agencies within Montana to recognize and value cultural diversity within these systems to erase systemic racism and institutional bias in their work with American Indian students, families, and communities.