Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians, Minnesota

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The U.S. Department of Education has chosen the band's Nay A Shing Schools as one of 10 pilot sites nationwide to work with technical assistance provides who will help improve how the federal government delivers programs and services. The assistance comes under executive order from President Bill Clinton and directs agencies to address several issue in schools that serve American Indian students, including expanded use of educational technology, improved math, science and reading programs and creating a safer, healthier learning environment. "I'm excited that the federal government wants to help us accomplish our goals," said Commissioner of Education Bill Hemming. The Nay A Shing Schools were formed in 1975 and new elementary and high schools, complete with day care and Head Start facilities, were built in 1993. The schools offer a comprehensive education that includes both conventional courses and classes that teach the Ojibwe language and culture.