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Native Student Summer Opportuntities
Universities and organizations around the state and beyond are hosting FREE summer programs for Native American students.  All 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
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Minnesota State University Mankato - Native American Summer Camp


Summer Camp, June 11th - 15th, 2016. 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.

U of M Morris Wind-STEP Program Information

Wind-Step Application


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

Program 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



American Indian Culture Camp - Kansas City Indian Center

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


Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition - Youth Through Culture Program


Date TBD - Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN.
Native American girls ages 11 to 17 are eligible. MIWSAC preserves and stregthens cultural knowledge and practices by encouraging youth to engage with elders and by seeking knowledge.

Prevention with Native Youth Through Culture Program




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