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American Indian Studies (AIS)

American Indian Studies (AIS) provides the opportunity for students to learn American Indian history, literature, art, and language from a Native perspective. Ojibwe and Dakota languages are offered at Harding High School. All AIS classes meet district and state content standards, and have been developed as rigorous, culturally competent courses. AIS provides cultural learning opportunities for students through field trips and guest speakers/performers. 

Through collaboration with the Saint Paul Indian Education Program, we offer additional support for American Indian students.

Courses offered:

Ojibwe Language Level 1, 2, and 3 (College credit offered for Level 3 through Fond du Lac Tribal College)

Dakota Language Level 1 and 2

American Indian Voices (English Language Arts)

American Indian History

American Indian Art, Beginning, Advanced, and Studio

American Indian AVID (Grade 9)

American Indian Support (Grades 10-12)

Graduate with a Distinction In American Indian Studies:

Saint Paul Public Schools is proud to offer a “Distinction in American Indian Studies.”  Much like college students choosing a major field of study, secondary students may choose to specialize in American Indian Studies (AIS).  Students in the program have the same graduation requirements as their peers, but they elect to learn about Native culture and language, history and art, and they are involved in the Native community. With the successful completion of program criteria, students will earn the “Distinction in American Indian Studies” mark on their final transcripts and their honor will be noted at the Indian Education and Harding High School graduation ceremonies.

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Distinction in AIS

We accept applications for the Distinctions in AIS between October 1st and December 31st.


Open the flyer for more details.

AIS Distinction Flyer