Native Student Summer Opportuntities
Universities and organizations around the state and beyond are hosting FREE summer programs for Native American students.  Most programs listed are providing food lodging, education, and activities. See descriptions below and corresponding links for contacts and more information. 

I am available to help answer questions and assist with applications if needed. 

Guthrie Capossela 
Native American Liaison
Contact Me

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
Nandagikendan Summer Academy

College preparation for American indian students to help them better prepare for post-secondary education. A one week program focusing on the experiential learning. Activities include Ojibwemowin Language, guest speakers, social activities, field trips, and other beneficial activities. Program runs June 26-29th, 2017.  For any student entering 9-12th grades. No cost to attend. Deadline June 16, 2017.

Contact: Tara Graves - - 218-879-0701

Seek to Learn Academy Brochure 2017

Minnesota State University Mankato
Native American Summer Camp

Summer Camp, June 11th - 15th, 2017. Program is for entering 9th through 12th grade Native American Students. Activities include: Indigenous (Dakota/Ojibwe) language, classes with MSU-Mankato Professors, College prep classes, Adventure Education program, Campus Rec activities, swimming, bowling and pool, and more! No cost to attend.

Summer Camp Flyer

Mankato Camp Application and Contact Information

University of Minnesota Morris
Wind - STEP Program

2017 Wind-STEP Program, June 19th - June 30th. 
Rising juniors and Senior Native American students are eligible.
The purpose of the Wind-STEP program is to help introduce students to science careers, Geographical Information System (GIS) and wind energy by providing a fun supportive and challenging opportunity. No cost to attend. Applications accepted until program is full.

U of M Morris Wind-STEP Program Information

Wind-Step Application

Dream of Wild Health
2017 Garden Warriors Program

Dream of Wild Health is an inter-tribal organization that promotes health in the Native community by expanding knowledge of and access to healthy indigenous foods and medicines. Located in Hugo, MN. Pick up and drop off are at the Little Earth of United Tribes in Mpls & the American Indian Family Center in St. Paul. 

Garden Warriors For Native Youth ages 13-18. Learn about Culture, Indigenous foods & agriculture. Participants receive a stipend of $50 a week with a potential bonus. Application deadline May 12th, 2017.

Golden Warriors Application


Dream of Wild Health
2017 Cora's Kids Program 

Cora’s Kids is for Native youth ages 8-12 years old. The  day program is held at the Dream of Wild Health organic farm in Hugo, MN. Grow and eat healthy indigenous food. Learn traditional agriculture, games and activities. Dates are June 13, 14, & 15, 2017. Space is limited.

Pick up and drop off locations are Little Earth of United Tribes Main office and American Indian Family center. 

Cora's Kids 2017 Application


Native Girl's & Native Boys Retreat
Youth Through Culture Program

a Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition 

June 27, 28, and 29 2017 at Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, Duluth MN.  
Native American youth ages 11 to 17 are eligible. FREE program. Food Lodging and transportation provided.  Transportation pick up in St. Paul.  All activities are supervised.  MIWSAC preserves and strengthens cultural knowledge and practices by encouraging youth to engage with elders and by seeking knowledge.

Contact Deb at - 651-646-4800

Youth Retreat Program Registration

University of Iowa
First Nations Summer Program

Program date July 16-22, 2017. Program provides Native American students the opportunity to live on campus, and explore majors. Participants will attend structured classroom seminars and field trips to various campus departments.
Native American students 9-12th grades are eligible. Program is free other than travel. No cost to attend. Application deadline is May 26, 2017.

Iowa First Nations Home Page

Iowa First Nations - Residential Program

University of South Dakota
Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

Program date June 11-23, 2017.  The OHSAI is open to high school students' grades 10-12, with a demonstrated talent in the visual arts and strong interest in Indian culture. Participants are selected based upon an application, at least one letter of reference, and a portfolio of their artwork. Special attention is given to applications from Native American students. No cost to attendDeadline April 1st

Summer Art Institute Information and Program Application 

University Program at Crazy Horse Memorial  
(High School Grads***)

The Summer Program of the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® is a unique partnership between the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and the University of South Dakota which will begin Saturday, June 10 and end on Sunday, August 6, 2017.  The program offers the same, select college freshman university courses offered at the Crazy Horse Memorial Campus in the Black Hills. The program accepts 32 students who have the opportunity to earn 12 college credits and work 20-22 hour a week internship at $9/hr. Students will live on campus at Crazy Horse residential facility.  Courses for summer term: English 101- Intro to English Composition Math 102- College Algebra A&S 100 - College Success Strategies NATV194 - Native Studies/Internship SPCH 101 Intro to Speech and/or PSYCH 100 Intro to psychology (for students who have completed English 101 and/or Math 102) Requirements: HS graduates, gpa 2.6, and ACT 21. 
Total cost to student is $800 food/lodging + $50 deposit = $850.  Students may deduct $800 from their paychecks if they wish. $400 incentive award for students who earn a 3.0 at the end of the summer.  Application deadline April 14, 2017. 

Crazy Horse Memorial University Summer Program

College Horizons - Multiple Colleges

College Horizons provides college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants from across the nation.  Workshops include ACT & SAT test strategies, navigating financial and scholarships, personal essay writing, and more.  Requirements include: 10th & 11th grade students, tribally enrolled, and 3.0 in core classes. Cost  $450, with scholarship availability for tuition and travel. Application due end of February, 2017 until slots are full. 

College Horizons Application

University of North Dakota
INMED Summer Institute

Native American students grades 7-12 are eligible for 6 week summer institute from June 12th to July 21st.  INMED offers summer academic enrichment sessions for American Indian students at the junior high, high school and medical preparatory levels. These summer programs are designed to bolster participants' math and science skills, introduce health career requirements, and help develop potential for success in health science careers. No cost to attend. Application deadline March 1st. 

UND INMED Summer Institute Website

UND INMED Application

Michigan State University
Indian Leadership Program

A one-week, dates July 9-14, summer program designed to give Native American youth grades 8-12 opportunity to experience college life and explore education opportunities. This free program includes cultural presentations, and traditional arts such as black ash basket making, pottery, and porcupine quill work. No cost to attend.

Michigan State Indian Leadership page

Michigan State Indian Leadership Application

Kansas City Indian Center
American Indian Culture Camp 

Five-day residential Culture Camp at the Lee's Summit Rotary campgrounds. Culture Camp provides an opportunity for all youth ages 5-13 to learn about American Indian culture. Also opportunities for the older youth (ages 14-19) for leadership development with the Counselors in Training (CIT) program. Campers learn about various songs, dances and stories in addition to the expected fun of swimming, hiking, archery, fellowship, crafts and much more.
Tentative date June 17th, Final date TBD. Cost $20 per camper

Kansas City Indian Center

University of Arkansas School of Law
Native Youth In Food and Ag

Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit July 16-25, 2017. Native American students and graduates between the ages of 15-18 are eligible.This is an opportunity to join Native students from around the country who are future leaders in agriculture. No cost to attend.
Application deadline April 11, 2017

U of A School of Law Indigenous Food & Ag Initiative Info and Contact

Native Youth in Food and Ag Application

McGill University
Eagles Spirit Academy

The Eagle Spirit Academy is a platform to encourage and support Indigenous youth in pursuing studies and careers in health and science. Camp offers hands-on workshops and learning opportunities, mentoring support and information for students, parents and educators. Camp is targeted for indigenous youth ages 13-17. Camp occurs May 18-22nd, 2017. 
Registration Deadline March 15th, 2017. No cost to attend. 
Eagle Spirit Academy


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