American Indian Education

The American Indian Education Program at Rochester Public Schools works to provide American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and Canadian First Nations systematic opportunities to culture, language, and student advocacy. Opportunities include student groups, 1:1 support, family engagement, access to cultural activites, and educational networks that support Native students.

Contact Us

RPS American Indian
Education Program
(507) 328-4335 | Email

Image of Ameila Cordell Native American Liaison

Meet our American Indian Liaison

Haƞ Mitakuyapi - Hello my relatives

My name is Amelia Cordell-Jaquez and I am the Native American Liaison for Rochester Public Schools. I am an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate in north eastern South Dakota. Before moving to Rochester with my wife Montabeth, I was teaching 5th Grade in Rapid City, South Dakota. I also spent three years teaching 2nd grade in Ignacio, Colorado. While in Colorado I attended Fort Lewis College and received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and also my Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership. While this is my first year in this position, I feel honored to be providing the cultural resources, materials, spaces, and supports needed to fit the needs of each of our Native American students. When I am not at work, I am providing for my spoiled dog (Neville) and cat (Beasty), going to $5 movie Tuesdays, thrift shopping, putting together jigsaw puzzles, listening to true crime podcasts, buying and sometimes reading books, beading earrings, going to powwows  and trying different restaurants in the surrounding area.  

If you would like additional information regarding American Indian Education programming at RPS – whether that be more about what we do, or how to get involved, please do not hesitate to reach out! 

Until we meet again, 

Pidamaya ye- Thank you

Program Eligibility and Enrollment

Student Eligibility 

Any student who identifies as American Indian/Alaskan Native is eligible. This classification includes any student who identifies as Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, and Canadian First Nations are eligible to participate.

Student Enrollment

All students who are enrolled in a state or federally recognized tribe, or descend from an enrolled individual; either parent or grandparent, are eligible and encouraged to submit a 506 form to the American Indian Education Program. Completion and submission of this form helps enhance our programming through federal grant funds. If you need assistance with filling out the form in any capacity, please reach out to our American Indian Liaisons.

Enrollment Form Information

Join our Parent Education Committee

The American Indian Education Parent Committee functions to ensure all Indigenous students are successful in Rochester Public Schools. Native student advocacy is accomplished by the committee in several ways.

The committee works to guide the American Indian Education Program and provide oversight on the federal budget. The committee also works to partner with the school district at a board policy level. 

If you are interested in joining this committee or volunteering for any of our events or activities please call (507) 328-4335 or email Amelia Cordell-Jaquez, Native American Liaison.

Students gathered in a circle outside.
American Indian Graduation Cap with white RPS Logo