What is Title VI - Indian Education?
According to the U.S. Department of Education - Office of Indian Education, "Title VI, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) supports a comprehensive approach to educational improvement and reform for Indian students, helping ensure they benefit from national education reforms and receive every opportunity to achieve to high standards. The programs promote the efforts of schools, local educational agencies, and Indian tribes and organizations to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of their American Indian and Alaska Native students."

Who Are We?

Title VI Indian Education is an office under the Department of Diversity, Equity & Federal Programs comprised of a driven group of educators, administrators, parents, and community advocates serving the Rapid City Area Schools. Our team combines Lakota language teachers, paraprofessionals, Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings teachers, and social workers to further curriculum development, training, teaching, and social/emotional learning rooted in cultural proficiency for our students, families, and staff in the district.


We also work closely with a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), who serves as an advisory committee for Title VI Indian Education. The PAC Board meet on a regular monthly basis and provide some family engagement activities throughout the school year.


Is my student eligible for Title VI services?

To be eligible for Title VI support services, you will need to submit a Title VI ED 506 Indian Student Eligibility Certification Form to Rapid City Area Schools. You can submit the form to your student’s school or to the main district office building (Attn: Angel Lee or Kerri London) located at 625 9th St. Rapid City, SD 57701.  Please read more to determine if your student qualifies for services under Title VI.


Upcoming Events:


Lakota Language Consortium Weekend – Virtual & FREE

Remember to sign up for the Lakota Language Consortium Weekend!
Lakota Language Consortium, in collaboration with RCAS Title VI Indian Education, invites you to register for the Virtual Lakota Language Weekend on November 14-15. We are very excited to host students, parents, and teachers of the Rapid City Area School District during this weekend geared toward beginner level Lakota speakers for FREE.
Dates: November 14, 2020—November 15, 2020
9:00 AM-4:15 PMMT
Spots are limited. Once registration fills, you will be directed to join the waitlist.
Register today: cvent.me/PqyRLG


Rock Your Mocs Day – Celebrated worldwide on Sunday, November 15th 2020, RCAS will celebrate on Monday, November 16th 2020.

Edited Rock Your Mocs Day 2020


Title VI – Indian Education Contacts
Name Title Email
Whitnee Pearce Director of Diversity, Equity & Federal Programs Email Whitnee
Kerri London Federal Programs & Grants Secretary Email Kerri
Gabrielle Seeley Indian Education Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings Teacher Email Gabrielle
Val Newman OSEU Teacher Email Valerie
Gene Swallow Cultural Mentor Email Gene
Kyla Woodard Social Worker, Title VI Email Kyla
Mitch Brewer Social Worker, Title VI Email Mitchell
Jacob Robbins Lakota Language K-5 Email Jacob
Harriet Brings Lakota Language K-5 Email Harriet
Heather Wood Social Worker, Title VI Email Heather