Indian Education for All and the Essential Understandings

Dates: October 26 - November 16, 2022

Meets: W from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: Online

OLLI Member: $50.00

Enrollment requires a 2022-2023 OLLI at MSU Membership


Participants will examine the Seven Essential Understandings regarding American Indians in Montana through engaging activities, discussions, and reflections. Join us for a deep dive into each Essential Understanding and observe how they relate to Native and non-Native people today. We will examine several topics, including contemporary issues, imagery, historical policies, art, literature, and much more. Participants will also gain access to additional resources and content for a continued educational journey.

Course Takeaways

Key Learning Objective 1: Participants will gain an understanding of the Essential Understandings.

Key Learning Objective 2: Participants will broaden their perspectives on the history of American Indians and contemporary issues.

Key Learning Objective 3: Participants will leave with access to new content and assistance in their journey of education.


Apply for a needs-based scholarship to take this offering.

Meet the Instructors

Fee:   $50.00



This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Jordann Lankford-Forster

Jordann Lankford-Forster is from Great Falls, Montana and is A’aniiih and Anishinaabe. Her A’aniiih name is Bright Trail Woman. Jordann received a major in Native American Studies and teaching degree in Broad Field Social Studies from the University of Montana. Currently, Jordann serves as an educator and an IEFA instructional coach for Great Falls Public Schools. She is a co-facilitator for Bright Trail Education which is an educational consulting company. Jordann has been recognized as a Montana Indian Teacher of the Year as well as the BSNF 2021 Teacher of the Year. She also received the 2022 Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for Excellence in IEFA. Jordann believes that public education is vital to the growth and development of society. By providing students with a strong educational foundation using primary source documents from multiple sources, students will be able navigate their identities, world, and future.

Miranda Murray

Miranda Murray is an Indian Education for All (IEFA) instructional coach for Great Falls Public Schools with ten years of experience in education. She is also the co-facilitator of Bright Trail Education, an educational consulting company. Originally from Great Falls, Murray is a descendant of the Yankton Sioux. She received her teaching degree in art education (K-12) from the University of Montana. Murray is a strong advocate for public education and the unique integration of IEFA in Montana schools. She wants to be a part of an educational system that shares multiple perspectives and allows students to be critical thinkers. She was recently awarded the Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for Excellence in IEFA and the 2019 Salute to Women award for her work in local and state communities.
Date Day Time Location
10/26/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Online
11/02/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Online
11/09/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Online
11/16/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Online


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