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Indian Student Achievement


Montana American Indian Student Achievement Data Report Fall 2018


In 2007, the Montana State Legislature passed Montana Code Annotated 20‐9‐330, appropriating $200.10 per American Indian child to provide funding to school districts for the purpose of closing the educational achievement gap that exists between American Indian students and non‐Indian students. 

This page shares resources and support around academics and well-being aimed at improving Indian Student Achievement. 

The most current Indian Student Achievement data can be found in the 2018 American Indian Student Achievement Data Report.  


April 20-22, 2020                     Northern Hotel                   Billings, Montana

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 schools and communities.

SAVE THE DATE CARD - with registration information


March 30 - April 3, 2020                     Montana State University - Billings                    Billings, Montana

SAVE THE DATE CARD - with registration information

Keep scrolling to meet the Indian Student Achievement team and access support and resources.


Indian Student Achievement Team

State Resources


American Indian/ Minority Achievement Program

American Indian Tuition Waiver

Directory of Indian Education Programs in Montana

Montana Governor's Office of Indian Affairs

Tribal Nations in Montana: A Handbook for Legislators


Tribal Colleges

Our state has the wonderful opportunity to have tribal colleges located on most of our reservation areas.  Tribal colleges offer small class sizes and high quality instructors.  Each offers programs and degrees in a variety of subjects, majors and degrees.  Tribal colleges are open to all students interested in pursing additional education opportunities, while also offering tribal resources and connections to those interested in understanding more about our unique Tribal Nations in Montana.

Aaniiih Nakoda College   - Ft. Belknap Reservation

Blackfeet Community College- Blackfeet Reservation

Chief Dull Knife College- Northern Cheyenne Reservation

Fort Peck Community College- Ft. Peck Reservation

Little Big Horn College- Crow Reservation

Salish Kootenai College-  Flathead Reservation

Stone Child College- Rocky Boy Reservation


National Resources


Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)

The majority of Montana's Native American students are enrolled in public schools located outside of reservation boundaries. Students in public schools, either within or near reservations are also served by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. The Bureau of Indian Education is responsible for the educational guidance for a small percentage of American Indian students throughout the United States.   Montana does have two BIE schools: Northern Cheyenne Tribal School located in Busby, MT and Two Eagle River School in Pablo, MT.

Montana Advisory Council for Indian Education (MACIE)


The Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education was established by the Board of Public Education and the Office of Public Instruction to function in an advisory capacity for the education of American Indian students in Montana.

The Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education shall be a strong voice for collaborative efforts among tribal, state, and federal organizations, institutions, groups, and agencies for the express purpose of promoting high quality and equitable educational opportunities for all American Indian students in Montana. This includes, but is not limited to, culture, language, and Indian Education for All.

BPE and OPI will jointly make appointments to MACIE based on nominations from Indian tribes, Indian organizations, major education organizations in which Indians participate, and schools where American Indian students and adults attend.


Next MACIE Meetings

  • March 11, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Cogswell Building, 1401 Lockey, Rooms C207-209, Helena
  • May 6, 2020


Previous MACIE Meetings