Educational Institutions

Center School Inc

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.centerschool.org

Mission Statement

Providing transformative education, grounded in indigenous
life-ways and love of learning

Main Programs

  1. The Children of the Seventh Fire Initiative
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Nawayee Center School serves primarily Native American youth in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Center School is one of only four
alternative or charter schools focusing on Native American education in the region.
Of those four, we are the oldest and the only one located in Phillips
neighborhood, the heart of the Native American Community.

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Joseph Rice

Keywords

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Native American, American Indian, School, Education, Culture

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Also Known As

Nawayee Center School

EIN

36-3591386

 Number

3031195648

Physical Address

2421 Bloomington Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our mission is carried out by:

Providing accredited junior and senior high school classes
Promoting chemically healthy lifestyles through prevention teachings
and monthly activities
Youth leadership through a joint decision making partnership
between staff and students
Opportunities to develop and strengthen cultural pride through
daily practice of positive cultural values
Small classes that allow students to learn more about their
culture such as Ojibwe/Dakota Language, Native Issues, Drum Group,
and Outfit Making

Center School will exemplify excellence in indigenous education.
 
Nawayee: Learning
from the Center. Inspiring a sense of place and direction, within the Circle of
Life, from which students discover strength, purpose and vision.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Children of the Seventh Fire Initiative

Recognizing that our girl
students needed more attention and guidance, we launched The Children of the Seventh Fire Initiative with support from several local foundations in
2005. In 2007, the Greater Twin Cities United Way began supporting the program.
 The Children of the Seventh Fire, an Ojibwe prophecy that predicts
dire human, economic and ecological consequences, tells us that the elders will
fall asleep and that children will lose their way until the community wakes up
and responds to their needs.  
We see that many of our children have lost their way and that teen
pregnancy, sexual violence and neglect of young women are ways in which our
children, and their children, become lost to us. Our goal is to reclaim these lost children.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Native Americans/American Indians

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Nawayee Center School serves primarily Native American youth in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Center School is one of only four
alternative or charter schools focusing on Native American education in the region.
Of those four, we are the oldest and the only one located in Phillips
neighborhood, the heart of the Native American Community.

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CENTER SCHOOL INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Center School Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Joseph Rice

BIO

JOB OBJECTIVE:  To work in an environment that promotes positive educational experiences for Native American youth.HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS•    8 years of experience in teaching History and Cultural Studies to students with a wide array of skill levels•    8 years of experience in teaching Biology and Physical Sciences•    16 years of experience in athletic coaching and administration•    25 years of experience in curriculum development•    8 years of experience in administration of Native American Alternative Education•    Licensed educator since 1984 (South Dakota)EMPLOYMENT HISTORY2001-present    Executive Director, NAWAYEE Center School            Minneapolis, MN1992-2001    High School Teacher (Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, Geology)Central High SchoolRapid City, SDEDUCATIONSummer 2008: University of Minnesota, Native American Philosophy, Magical LiteratureSummer 2003: University of Minnesota, Ojibwe History and Culture, Tribal Law Treaties and GovernmentSummer 1996: Love and Logic Institute, Teaching with Love and LogicSummer 1988: University of Wyoming, Special Education, Problem Solving and Basketball Coaching Courses Laramie, WYFall 1987: Oglala Lakota College, Lakota Language Kyle, SD1982-1984: Black Hills State College, Teacher Certification Program Spearfish, SD 1973-1976, 1980: Macalester College, B.A. (Social Science) St. Paul, MN

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. LeMoine LaPointe

Healthy Nations Program, Minneapolis American Indian Center

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