• The MSBSD Indian Education Program supports certified students by providing reduced class sizes at targeted middle and high schools. Services may include after-school support and/ or individualized tutoring based on need. It provides teachers support by providing culturally appropriate educational kits and presentations. Students throughout the district may participate in Native Youth Olympics.

      Eligibility & Enrollment

      • IS THIS YOU?

        You, your child(ren) or grandparents are enrolled as a member of an Alaska Native Group or American Indian Tribe.  If so, your child may be able to enroll in the Title VI Indian Education program. 


        For Eligibility Purposes, an Indian is defined as any individual who is:

        • A member of an Indian tribe or band, including those terminated since 1940, and those recognized by the state in which the tribe or band resides
        • A descendant in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) 
        • Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose
        • A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19, 1994


        Enrollment will increase the opportunities available to your student. Title VI's goal is to help Native students meet and exceed state academic and cultural standards. 

        In the Title VI Indian Education Program, parents/guardians must complete and return a Title VI 506 eligibility form, to the MSBSD Federal Programs Office in the Administration Building, 501 N Gulkana Street, Palmer, Alaska. 

        Do you need help completing the form?  Open this sample form for hints.


        For more information, please call (907) 746-9236


        • Class size reduction for high school core classes
        • Before/After School Programs
        • Educational Advocacy
        • Scholarship workshops and post-secondary exploration
        • Cultural events and other opportunities
        • Individualized Tutoring
        • School supplies and Backpacks
        • Summer Enrichment Programs
        • Parent Advisory Committee membership
        • Native Youth Olympics

      Success Coaches


      Native Youth Olympics

      • The first Native Youth Olympics Games were held in the winter of 1971. They were conceived and organized by students attending the Boarding Home Program School in Anchorage, Alaska. Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is the current host of the statewide games for both the Junior level (grades 1-6) and Senior level (grades 7-12).
        The purpose of the Native Youth Olympics (NYO) Games Alaska is to promote:
        • Healthy lifestyles, positive self-esteem, and leadership skills;
        • Appreciation of Alaska Native traditions;
        • Good sportsmanship through friendly athletic competition


        Programs Administrator Services/Event Coordinator Services/Event Coordinator
        Chasitie Cork  - 907-761-4037 Eli Wouk  - 907.746.9206 Jared Barrett  - 907.746.9236


        Upcoming Events:

        • JYNO Start - January 8, 2024
        • JYNO Invitational- February 16-17, 2024 Houston High School
        • JYNO State - February 23, 24, 25, 2024 at Wells Fargo Sports Arena in Anchorage
        • SNYO Starts - February 27, 2024
        • SNYO-Mat Su Invitational - March 23, 2024 Houston High School
        • SNYO Regionals - April 12-13 2024 Houston High School
        • SNYO State - April 25-27 2024 at UAA Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage



      Parent Advisory Committee

      • The purpose of the committee is to review and make recommendations to the Title VI Indian Education (IEA) program and to the MSBSD school board relating to the education of Alaska Native/American Indian students in grades K through 12 district-wide. The Parent Advisory Committee meets monthly during the school year. The committee is made up of parents/guardians of IEA certified students, a MSBSD teacher, and a student representative. Each committee member serves a two-year term on a rotating schedule. Elections are held in the fall of each school year.

        Mission: The Parent Advisory Committee strives to help our students and teachers to excel and achieve by providing resources, academic support, opportunities for parent involvement and cultural awareness.


        • Inspiring a higher degree of learning
        • Encouraging cultural pride and practice
        • Achieving Native excellence in all its forms

        Project Goals:

        • Increase school readiness 
        • Increase academic achievement 
        • Increase knowledge of cultural identity and awareness 
        • Enhance problem solving and cognitive skills development and directly support attainment of State standards
        • Increase school attendance rate
        • Decrease school dropout rate
        • Increase graduation rate 
        • Increase career readiness skills
        • Increase college enrollment
        • Increase prevention activities for violence, suicide, and substance abuse 
        • Increase parent participation 
        • Inrease Native American Language instruction programs
        • Increase support for at-risk students 


        IEA Parent Advisory Committe

        Committee Members

        Shirley Akelkok, Chair
        VACANT (Open position), Vice Chair
        Megan Engebretsen, Teacher
        Tomas Andersen, Secretary
        VACANT (OPEN POSITION), Treasurer

        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        Parent Representatives

        Naidene Baechler
        Mary Mueller
        Susan Olson
        Andrew Regner
        Jolene Bargelski
        Colleen Andrews

        Fall 2022
        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        Student Representatives

        Mylee Engel

        Fall 2024
        Elder Representative/Honorary Member

        VACANT (Open position)

        Tribal Representative

        Carl Chamblee
        Lisa Wade

        Fall 2024
        Fall 2024
        If you are interested in serving on the IEA Parent Advisory Committee,:
         Advisory Committee Application

        The IEA Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meets on the first Thursday of each month via zoom.


        9/7/2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        10/5/2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        11/2/2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        12/7/2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        1/11/2024 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        2/1/2024 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        3/21/2024 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        4/4/2024 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        5/2/2024 6:00pm - 7:30pm Signup Survey
        Public Forum: Tribal Consultation
        4/25/2024 6:00pm - 7:30pm

         Large Board Room 

         501 N. Gulkana St.

         Palmer, AK 99645





      • MSBSD Native Youth Olympics/Cultural Fund, ANSEP, UAA, UAS, Title VI, IEA Parent Advisory Committee, Mat-Su College Alaska Native Culture Club, Knik Tribal Council, Chickaloon Tribal Council, Native Village of Eklutna, and Cook Inlet Tribal Council


        *Awarded based on assessment of need and availability of resources.

      Last Modified on March 11, 2024