On Friday, Menominee Indian School District Superintendent, Wendell Waukau, was appointed to the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) board. The NAFIS is a non-profit, non-partisan association of 1,4000 school districts across the country that receive Federal Impact Aid.
Impact Aid provides financial assistance to local districts with concentrations of child residing on Indian lands, military bases, low-rent housing properties, or other federal properties, which goal is to educate congress on the importance of Impact Aid.
In a statement, Waukau said, “I am honored to be elected to the NAFIS board of directors and to be on the front line of educating Congress and others about the importance of federal funding for the education of Native American and other under-represented children. I look forward to working with the board and sharing our story as well as representing students from across the country.”
The Menominee Indian School District serves about 850 students and works cooperatively with the Menominee Indian Tribe.