Drum and Dance

Mark your calendar for the 24th Annual American Indian Education Day and Wacipi on Saturday, April 27, from 1-6 p.m. at Osseo Middle School.

This lively, free event features artisan exhibits, demonstrations, Native American dance, food and more. Attendees can experience North America’s rich indigenous history by visiting with educators and community members whose task is to infuse Native American education and culture into all subject areas. A special ceremony to honor local American Indian graduating seniors will be held at 2 p.m.

Educators are encouraged to attend the event to receive a free curriculum booklet on Minnesota Native American history and culture, as well as personalized support for incorporating new material into existing lesson plans in accordance with state standards.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Osseo Middle School is located at 10223 93rd Ave. N, Osseo.

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Additionally, the Oyáte Language Bowl will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at Osseo Middle School on April 27, and will bring Očhéthi Šakówiŋ people together to use the Dakota language to strengthen families, communities and language. The Dakota language is critically endangered with only two first-language speakers born and raised in Minnesota Dakota speaking communities. This event raises awareness and encourages communities to do all they can to reverse the trend of language loss. 

Photo: Drum and Dance performers at the 2019 Indian Education Teaching and Learning Gathering in January. 

Arora Maripally Vandayar

Three Maple Grove Senior High students, Stuti Arora (pictured left), Sahana Vandayar (right), and Amulya Maripally (center) earned honors from the National Center of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) for their technology and leadership skills and experiences. These honors are given in order to help inspire young women to pursue careers in information technology, a field currently facing large gender gaps.

Stuti Arora and Sahana Vandayar of Maple Grove Senior High were two of 37 young women from around the state who received the 2019 Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards honoring them for their interests and achievements related to technology. 

  • Stuti Arora, junior at Maple Grove Senior High, is a State Winner and a 2018 State Honorable Mention recipient.
  • Sahana Vandayar, junior at Maple Grove Senior High, is a state winner.

Honorees are eligible for a variety of prizes including job shadow experiences, paid summer internship opportunities, cash rewards and more. Honorees also receive access to exclusive resources from the NCWIT.

Additionally, the NCWIT awarded a Certificate of Distinction to Amulya Maripally, a senior at Maple Grove Senior High. This honor was given to students who participated in a variety of technology and leadership experiences in their schools and communities.

The 2019 Aspirations in Computing Awards seventh annual ceremony was held on April 17. The awards are given by the NCWIT, with the support of many other sponsors and partners including Target, Land O’ Lakes, Inc., Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, and many more.