American Indian Success Program (AIS)

COVID 19 NOTICE

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are updating this webpage on an ongoing basis to keep you posted about services and resources.  

As of March 17, 2020, the American Indian Success Program (AIS) Coordinator is no longer hosting in-person office hours and the American Indian Success Center (H.2600) is closed until further notice. 

In this time of social isolation, it remains our priority to foster a sense of community and safety for our students. We hope to create virtual communities in order to stay connected and meet the needs of students. 

Even while physically away from each other, AIS is committed to cultivating a feeling of togetherness. 

  • If you have any questions, contact the coordinator Brooke Hornseth
  • Advising appointments will be available via Zoom video or Zoom calls. To schedule an appointment, please contact Brooke Hornseth.
  •  
  • We are presently exploring different platforms to deliver virtual programming (i.e. Facebook, YouTube video, livestreaming, etc.) To find out more information about virtual programming through the AIS center, please keep checking this page, or contact Brooke Hornseth
  • For ongoing updates on COVID-19 and Minneapolis College’s response to the pandemic and government restrictions, please check your CAMPUS (@go.minneapolis.edu) email at least once daily. 

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

  • As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Indian Success Program Coordinator will no longer be hosting in-person advising meetings. To schedule an advising meeting with the coordinator, please send an email to Brooke Hornseth. To facilitate academic advising meetings, the Zoom platform will be utilized. To find out more information on how to use Zoom for meetings, go online and sign-in with your StarID. 

Financial aid and Tribal scholarships

The American Indian Success Program Coordinator will still be available to assist with tribal scholarship applications. Currently, the coordinator does not have scanning or faxing capabilities. As a result, all tribal applications will need to be printed and completed by the student and mailed to the appropriate tribe’s Education department via USPS unless the student has access to scanning and faxing functions.

View the
MN Indian Scholarship Tutorial

If you have any questions on scholarships specific to the Indigenous community, please reach out to the American Indian Success Program Coordinator, Brooke Hornseth

COLLEGE AND LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOPS

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.

Student Club Initiative

To comply with social distancing policies, U.N.I.T.E. meetings will now be held through Zoom video calls. Please see the schedule below to know when to tune in. If you would like to participate in U.N.I.T.E. student club meetings, please email American Indian Success Program Coordinator Brooke Hornseth to access the Zoom meeting links.

U.N.I.T.E. Meeting Schedule Spring 2020 Semester 

  • Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 2:00pm Zoom
  • Thursday, April 16th, 2020 2:00pm Zoom
  • Thursday, April 30th, 2020 2:00pm Zoom
UNITE logo

American Indian Cultural Events at Minneapolis College

The Minneapolis College Spring Graduation Powwow (April 10, 2020), Indigenous Women Symposium (May 5, 2020) and other larger events on campus have been postponed.

Please continue to check this website for updates on possible rescheduled dates.

Despite this time of social isolation, the American Indian Success Program is dedicated to maintaining connectedness and a sense of community for our students. We are working diligently to create a virtual space for students to connect with one another, share stories and concerns, access resources and other culturally relevant material.

  • To access virtual cultural programming and content, please go to the UNITE Facebook page

Support Services

Additional resources are available: 

  • Boynton Student Health Clinic provides healthcare services by medical professionals on campus to all enrolled Minneapolis College students. Most services are provided at no cost to students. 
  • For information about food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes and vouchers, visit foodpantries.org.    
  • For online mental health resources, visit Telewell online or call 612-584-0077 or visit Synergy Therapy online or call 612-642-1355. 
  • Hennepin County provides in-person mental health services.
    • The Crisis Text Line offers free help to those who are having a mental health crisis or are contemplating suicide. Just text "MN" to 741741. Services are available 24/7 across Minnesota.
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-279-TALK (8255).
    • Hennepin County residents can call COPE (Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies) 24/7 at 612-596-1223. 

Contact Us

Visit: T Building, T.2539
Call: 612-659-6713
Email: Brooke Hornseth,