Niigaandiwin Education Department

As the Niigaandiwin Education Department, our team is dedicated to providing services that are guided by the core directive principles of our nation’s constitution. We strive to meet the needs of the LTBB community with dynamic programming including cultural programming, tutoring, student advocacy, honorarium programs for secondary, post-secondary, and vocational opportunities, workforce development supportive services, career readiness opportunities, cultural library programming, and a full-service Learning Center. It is our privilege to serve our community. Through education, there is continuous growth. Grow with us!



Mission Statement

Passionately supporting the growth of our Nation by weaving Ancestral & Contemporary knowledge through community collaboration



Vision Statement

Life Success for the Waganakising Odawa Nation and the Rising Generations.

Learning Services


K-12 Services
Higher Educational Services
Cultural Services – Cultural services works with LTBB citizens, descendants, and community partners to provide cultural education for the benefit of both tribal and non-tribal community members and educators.
Aanjigin – Coming Soon
WOCTEP – Career & Technical Education
Cultural Library – Special Collection of Native American Media
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – Services to eligible Natives in need of assistance with barriers to employment in the 28-county program service area.


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Contact Information

Located at 7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, Michigan
Phone: (231) 242-1480
Fax: (231) 242-1490

  • Kerstine Omey, Director
    • (231) 242 -1481
  • Tammy Gasco, Office Administrator
    • (231) 242-1480
  • Rachael Koepp, WIOA Employment and Training Specialist
    • (231) 242-1488
  • Kim Gabrick, Higher Education Specialist
    • (231) 242-1492
  • Ben Hinmon, Education Programs Administrator
  • Amanda Weinert, Ishkakimikwe (IK) Curriculum Specialist
    • (231) 242-1483
  • Theresa Chingwa, Cultural Services Specialist
    • (231) 242-1486
  • Jeremy Steele, Learning Center Coordinator / Cultural Library

    • (231) 242-1493
  • Jon Anthony, WOCTEP Project Director
    • (231) 242-1484
  • Tosha Otto, WOCTEP Student Advisor
    • (231) 242-1489
  • Courtney Lewis, WOCTEP Student Advisor

    • (231) 242-1478
  • Mary Schneider, WOCTEP Admin Assistant
    • (231) 242-1494