American Indian Success Program (AIS)

The American Indian Success Program is designed to support and foster the educational success of American Indian students attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minneapolis College). Our goal is to create a strong and united cultural community on campus that contributes to the retention, graduation and personal growth of Native students.

The program provides comprehensive support services, from admission to graduation, that specifically address the needs of American Indian students and affirm their Native cultural identity.

Program Benefits

Culturally Relevant advising

You will work one-on-one with an American Indian advisor who will support and assist you from the beginning of your college career until you graduate or transfer to a four-year college.

This advisor is available to help you:

  • Choose a major
  • Select appropriate college courses
  • Connect you with community resources
  • Keep you on track toward graduation
  • Connect with job and career fairs
  • Network with the community and American Indian cultural events
  • Problem solve.

Financial aid and Tribal scholarships

We work directly with tribal scholarships and the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program. We can also assist you with the federal and state grant processes.


We offer workshops designed to assist students succeed in college classes and develop personal academic skills on a regular basis. 

Student leadership opportunities

Leadership development is offered through the United Nations of Indian Tribes for Education (UNITE) student group. Opportunities are available for American Indian students to plan and organize annual cultural events on campus, participate in the Student Senate, become a student officer with UNITE and work with the larger Twin Cities American Indian community.

American Indian success program center

The center (Helland Center, Level 2, H.2600) is available for students to meet one another, study and participate in study skills workshops. Students have access to computers and printing.

American Indian Cultural Events at Minneapolis College

  • Winter Story Telling
  • Spring Graduation Powwow
  • Drum Group
  • Language Tables (Ojibwe)

Contact Us

Visit: T Building, T.2539
Call: 612-659-6458
Email: Nanette Missaghi, Director of Equity and Inclusion