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. CONSTITUTION



MACIE Position Papers

Meeting Information

Presentation Request Form

MACIE meetings will be conducted by Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Please email Joan Franke for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.

Next MACIE Meetings - All start at 9:00 a.m. and end at approximately 1:00 p.m., except those in person, which go to approximately 3:00 p.m.

May 1, 2024 - Informational Session

  • Agenda will be posted once it is finalized (approximately a week before the meeting)

June 5, 2024 - Working Session

August 14, 2024 - Informational Session

October 2, 2024 - Working Session - in person (with Zoom option), Helena

November 6, 2024 - Informational Session

Previous MACIE Meetings

March 7, 2024 - Informational and Working Session

January 3, 2024 - Working Session



November 1, 2023

October 4, 2023

August 2, 2023 - Informational Session

June 7, 2023 - Working Session

May 3, 2023 - Information Session

April 4, 2023 - Working Session

February 1, 2023 - Working Session

January 4, 2023 - Informational Session


November 9, 2022 - Working Session

September 7, 2022 - Informational Session

August 10, 2022 - Working Session

May 11, 2022 - Informational Session with outreach to the Superintendent of Public Instruction

April 6, 2022 - Working Session

February 9, 2022 - Informational Session

January 5, 2022 - Working Session


November 10, 2021 - Informational Session

October 6, 2021 - Working Session

September 8, 2021 - Informational Session

August 11, 2021 - Working Session

July 7, 2021 - Informational session

June 9, 2021 - Working Session

May 5, 2021 - Informational Session

April 7, 2021 - Working Session

February 10, 2021



November 6, 2019

September 11, 2019

May 8, 2019

January 19, 2019


Membership Information

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.

MACIE Member Representing
Harold Dusty Bull Blackfeet Tribe
Vacant Chippewa Cree
Michael Dolson
Confederated Salish
& Kootenai Tribes
Levi Black Eagle Crow Tribe
Michelle Crazy Fort Belknap
Vacant Fort Peck
Iris Killeagle Little Shell
Norma Bixby Northern Cheyenne
John Well-Off-Man Class 7
Dawn Bishop-Moore Indian Impact School of Montana
Jordann Forster
Montana Federation
of Public Employees
Marcy Cobell Montana Indian Education Association
Paul Finnicum Montana School Boards Association
Indian School Board Caucus
Jeremy MacDonald School Administrators of Montana
Calli Rusche-Nicholson Urban - Billings
Dugan Coburn Urban - Great Falls
Melissa Hammett Urban - Missoula
Susie Hedalen Board of Public Education
Rodney Bird Bureau of Indian Education
Angela McLean Montana University System
Carrie Kouba, Interim Office of Public Instruction
Cory Sangrey-Billy Tribal Colleges
Hilary Gourneau Tribal Head Start
Vacant Youth


See MACIE Membership with Bio Information 




OPI Staff are here to help:

Joan Franke, Administrative Assistant, 406-444-3694

Vacant, Tribal Student Achievement, Relations, and Resiliency Unit Director, 406-444-4527

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