Native Indigenous Centered Education (NICE)

  • A family participates in NICE ActivitiesThe Omaha Public Schools Native Indigenous Centered Education (NICE) program strives to educate and empower Indigenous students, families and communities to seek and achieve holistic well-being through advocacy, cultural strengths and academic excellence. NICE is a Title VI federally funded program to support the efforts of local education agencies, Indian tribes and organizations and other agencies.

    NICE is an academic program with a cultural component:

    1. To meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of Native American/Alaska Native students, so that such students can meet the challenging state standards.
    2. To ensure that American Indian/Alaskan Native students gain knowledge and understanding of Native communities, language, tribal history, tradition and culture.
    3. To ensure that educators, school leaders and others who serve American Indian/Alaskan Native students have the ability to provide culturally appropriate and effective instruction and support to such students.

    NICE staff provide support services including:

    • Grade and attendance checks
    • Cultural enrichment
    • STEM enrichment - YES program
    • Educational and cultural field trips
    • College testing prep
    • College/Vocational/Military pathway assistance
    • Elementary and secondary transitional services
    • College field trips
    • School supply distribution
    • Parents/Guardian committee
    • Home visits
    • SAT/IEP/MDT meeting support
    • Community resource referrals
    • School and community services coordination
    • Homework assistance
    • Social Emotional Learning opportunities

How to Participate

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