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Lame Deer Public Schools

The Montana Schools of Promise – School Improvement Grants Initiative is a partnership between schools, communities and the Office of Public Instruction to improve Montana’s most struggling schools. In communities across Montana, parents, families and caregivers share the hope that their children will graduate from high school and be prepared to go on to college or enter the workforce.

Lame Deer Website

Lame Deer Schools are located on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The Cheyenne Nation calls themselves "Tsis tsis'tas" (Tse-TSES-tas) which means "the beautiful people". The Northern Cheyenne Reservation encompasses 440,000 acres of land, with Lame Deer serving as tribal headquarters. During the 2010 census the population was 2,052.

Chief Dull Knife, was a respected historical leader of the Northern Cheyenne people. Against overwhelming odds, led his band of Northern Cheyenne back to their homeland.

Home of the Morning Stars Lame Deer Schools Superintendent is Bryan Kott, and High School principal is Frank No Runner. The school board chair is Suzette Cain.

School enrollment as of Fall 2011:

  • Lame Deer School: 348 Students
  • Lame Deer (7-8): 74 Students
  • Lame Deer High School (9-12): 120

Action Plan/Timeline

Lame Deer and OPI Staff
Lame Deer and OPI Staff

Each School Improvement Grant district was required to organize a team of staff, administration, school board members and students to develop a plan of improvement using designated funds. The plan design is used across all 50 states, but each team develops their own specific needs and how they will work toward an increase in student achievement and graduation.

Each identified district created a team of teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and students to create a District Action Plan (DAP). Based on the Federal Guidelines, teams analyzed data and created plans of improvement unique to their district and schools.

  • 2011 Tier I school's DAP
  • 2012 Tier I school's DAP