KBIC Education Department works together with students, families, and area schools to promote confident students and empower individuals to achieve their fullest potential to meet the challenges of today and the next seven generations.

For questions on any of the Education programs, contact:

                 Liz Julio, Education Director

                 Liz Badke, Education Assistant



Serves as an advisory committee for the Education Department recognizing education is a vital role in strengthening our Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

Hope Laramore, Chair

T. Austin Ayres, Vice-Chair

Sheena Maki, Recordkeeper/Treasurer

Yvette Simmons, Trustee

Jennifer Heath, Trustee

Sheila Royal, Trustee

Melissa LaFernier, Trustee



The KBIC tutors are based within the Baraga County public schools.  They offer support to enrolled KBIC students with services to include tutoring during school hours for grades K-12 and after school tutoring for grades 6-12.  They work closely with teachers, staff, and Title teachers to ensure that all student needs are best being met.

Baraga Area Schools:

Jennifer Westman, Elementary

Helen Jondreau, High School

L’Anse Area Schools:

Beth Dix, Elementary

Shellie Pascoe, High School



2021 High School Graduate Contact Link: 

All KBIC graduates, regardless of location, are encouraged to submit contact information to stay up-to-date on potential opportunities.

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College Prep Scholarship:

The Denomie Memorial Scholarship: This privately funded scholarship recognizes one Native American high school graduate who may have overcome barriers, persevered, and has committed to continuing their education.

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2020-2021 Paid Internship Flyer

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2020- 2021 College Graduate Contact Link:

All KBIC graduates, regardless of location, are encouraged to submit contact information to stay up-to-date on potential opportunities.


Scholarship Spotlight:

Bill Swartz Memorial Scholarship


  • KBIC/descendant (at least one grandparent is an enrolled tribal member)
  • Enrolled student at Michigan Technological University
  • Be degree-seeking within an engineering field
  • Maintain a minimum half-time enrollment status
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

For more information, click  Swartz Scholarship Information.pdf

Bill Swartz Scholarship Application

Bill Swartz Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing

Education Dept. Resources:

  • ANN MISEGAN SCHOLARSHIP: Funded by KBIC, this merit-based scholarship seeks to recognize one outstanding KBIC member who is pursuing their education within the health care field. Ann Misegan Scholarship Application.

  • STUDENT SOVEREIGN FUND:  KBIC funded incentive program to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education.  Due to limited budget, has residency limitations. The application is available:  Sovereign Student Fund Application.
  • BIA HIGHER EDUCATION:  Need-based grant funding available to KBIC members enrolled in Associate or Bachelor's degree programs at accredited colleges or universities located in Michigan.  The application is available BIA Higher Education Application.
  • MICHIGAN INDIAN TUITION WAIVER: KBIC Education Department assists students in obtaining tuition funding provided by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.  The application is available: Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application.
  • Bill Swartz Memorial Scholarship: KBIC assists in processing this privately funded scholarship for engineering students attending Michigan Technological University. The application is available: Bill Swartz Scholarship Application.

External Resources:




OCL  serves the members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the surrounding communities. We are open to the public, and provide free library memberships to those who wish to use our library.  For more information, click on Library

                 Contact Information:

Angela Badke, Librarian

Dawn Browning, Assistant Librarian



OCL values the input and suggestions from the community.

Please click on  and complete the form on the following link to make a book request: