Indian Education


We welcome your student(s) to Cass Lake-Bena Public Schools. The Cass Lake-Bena Indian Education Program is designed to meet the unique educational and culturally relevant needs of our native students, which make up close to 90% of our student population.

Our overall goal is to provide academic and culturally relevant support that may be necessary to ensure that each and every one of our students successfully progress toward graduation at all grade levels, as well as encourage and prepare them to seek post-secondary training and education.

The supplementary services that help to support our students may include: one-on-one and group counseling, home/school liaison services, tutorial assistance, recognition and incentive activities, cultural activities, transportation, as needed, post-secondary planning and preparation, technical assistance for school staff, parent training/focus groups, Ojibwe language and culture instruction for K-12, Indian Studies electives for high school, referral services, Gifted and Talented for students K-12, and an attendance monitoring program. We also offer culturally relevant activities: Drum and Dance, Archery, Language Table, Moccasin game, Anishinaabe Quiz Bowl, Regalia Making, and Beading.

Contact Us!

Director of Indian Education: Sydney Novak

  • Phone: 218-335-2203 ext. 1322

  • Email:

Indian Education Secretary: Emmy Morgan

  • Phone: 218-335-2203 ext. 1206

  • Email:

Indian Education Forms

There are federal guidelines that require us to have a 506 form on each and every one of our American Indian students within our District. Please fill out these forms to the best of your knowledge. All information is kept confidential and will be used for educational purposes only.
We are now required to have a “Title VI Student Eligibility Certification Form” on all designated Native American students. If your student is JOM eligible, he/she is automatically a Title VI student.
Note: If your child is a transfer student, and had a form at the previous school, these forms will not transfer to CLB schools. A new form will be needed for Cass Lake-Bena Schools.


​Title VI ED 506 Form: For all designated Native American students and students ineligible for JOM. I.e.: Student is not enrolled or not eligible for enrollment with a federally or state recognized tribe, but is a descendent by parent or grandparent. *If your student is a JOM student, we need this form on file



Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Form: For students that are enrolled or eligible for enrollment with a federally or state recognized tribe, or has a combined total of one-fourth (1/4) Native American blood degree. * If your student is a JOM student, we also need the Title VII form on file


The Local Indian Education Committee (LIEC) is comprised of a group of caregivers such as: parents, grandparents, and guardians of American Indian children. Our LIEC also includes 2-3 elder representatives from the community, and one teacher representative from each CLB School Building. The LIEC meets monthly over the course of the school year including a meeting in August and June. The committee serves as a crucial communication link between our American Indian Community and the Cass Lake-Bena School District.

The Local Indian Education Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Here are the meeting dates for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Wednesday October 13, 2021

  • Wednesday November 10, 2021

  • Wednesday December 8, 2021

  • Wednesday January 12, 2021

  • Wednesday February 9, 2021

  • Wednesday March 9, 2021

  • Wednesday April 13, 2021

  • Wednesday May 11, 2021

  • Wednesday June 8, 2021

During this time, the LIEC meetings will be held virtually until further notice. If you would like to know more about the Indian Education Committee, please click on the link above, or contact Sydney Novak, Director of Indian Education.