AIAD Mission and Vision


Our founding committee is made up of the following parents, educators, students, and professionals who are dedicated to the Denver metro area community:

Dr. Terri Bissonette, Anishnaabe

Rachelle Todea, Diné (not pictured)

Susan Turner, Anishnaabe

Donna Chrisjohn, Lakota/Diné

Marcus Denny, Menominee

Kelley Mitchell, Diné

Tanksi Clairmont, Lakota/Dakota

Talon Long, Lakota/Dineh 

AIAD Founding Committee

Our mission is to collaborate with students, educators, families, and community members in creating a school where indigenous principles and knowledge are placed in a student-driven STEAM curriculum to prepare all students to be college, career, and life ready.

Our vision is a flourishing community of students, families, and educators where students are supported holistically, secure in their cultural identity, empowered to become community leaders, and prepared to excel in life. 

Doors to the American Indian Academy of Denver will open at the beginning of the 2019 school year. AIAD will be located in SW central Denver (specific location TBD by summer 2018).