Danielle Grant, Minneapolis schools' director of Indian education, was named one of the state's outstanding Indian educators, according to Star Tribune
The honor was bestowed upon her by Minnesota Indian Education Association last month.
During her time as the director, the district shifted from an intervention model of serving Indian students to a more proactive approach.
Earlier this year, she led a renewal of an agreement with local Indian agencies on Indian education in Minneapolis schools which set specific numeric achievement goals for Indian students.
Grant attributes all her values, including being open to new ideas and collaborations, to her native heritage affiliation with the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe of North Dakota.