Mille Lacs commissioner named to board
Mille Lacs education commissioner named to board
ONAMIA — Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Mille Lacs Band Commissioner of Education Dennis Olson to the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation (MAEF) board.
MAEF is a nonprofit organization that promotes academic excellence in Minnesota schools through partnerships between the public and private sectors. The foundation collaborates with business, education and community leaders to identify and promote excellence in education and growth in Minnesota student achievement. MAEF also oversees the Ethel Curry American Indian Scholarship, which is awarded to American Indian students who have been admitted to Minnesota higher education institutions and have made a significant contribution to their American Indian culture and community.
Olson, who was appointed Mille Lacs Band commissioner of education in 2009, oversees the band’s educational programs and services, including the Nay Ah Shing Schools, early education, and higher education. The band’s schools, which serve 326 students, integrate Ojibwe history, language and cultural curricula into the classroom. Throughout his career, Olson has worked with American Indian students in all stages of education.
A Fond du Lac Band member, Olson holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He will serve a two-year term on the MAEF board.