Only 42 percent of American Indian (AMI) students graduate, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

That is half the graduation rate of white-non Hispanic Minnesota students and represents  the largest achievement gap in Minnesota.  All of the 38 Minnesota school districts with 8 percent or more American Indian students, and 71 percent of the 41 Minnesota school districts with 100 or more American Indian students are in Greater Minnesota.  Twenty five of those districts are MREA member districts.

Total Number of American Indian Students by District
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American Indian Students by Percentage of Total Student
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MREA is dedicating resources to advocate for issues unique to districts serving significant numbers of AMI students. MREA has identified key priorities with the first being getting families, babies and young children off to the right start with high quality, coordinated, and culturally appropriate early childhood education and family support. Learn more about the legislative priorities.

American Indian Advisory Committee

MREA also features an American Indian Advisory Committee, comprised of administrators, board members and teachers, to advise the MREA Board of Directors on advocacy and member services for school districts serving AMI students. View the committee members.


Throughout this effort, MREA looks to cooperate with other organizations and individuals interested and involved in the education of Minnesota’s American Indian Students, such as:

  • Dr. Jane Harstad, MDE Director of Indian Education
  • Tribal Nations Education Directors
  • Tribal Nations Education Council (TNEC)
  • Minnesota Indian Education Association (MIEA)
  • Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC)

AMI Resources

MDE Office of Indian Education

MN Indian Education Association

National Indian Education Association

Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program