Joseph C. Rice, Executive Director

Picture of Joe Rice, Executive Director of Nawayee Center School

Joe Rice (Choctaw) assumed the Executive Director position at Nawayee Center School in July 2001. He taught high school Science and Social Studies in South Dakota for 17 years, first at Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge reservation for nine years, followed by eight years at Central High School and North Middle School in Rapid City.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Urban Indian Directors and the Metropolitan Federation of Alternative Schools.  He served on the United Way Allocations Panel in 2003 and also lectures on Native American education and related issues. He helped to launch and acts as coordinator of Phillips Indian Educators (PIE) which convenes teachers to discuss best practices in Indian education and was primarily responsible for developing a website to post information and curriculum on Best Practices in Indian Education.( )

 He has taken numerous graduate-level courses in Native American issues and speaks Dakota and Ojibwe. He graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in History and earned a B.S. in Science Education from Black Hills State College in South Dakota. 

He has successfully managed a number of internal and collaborative projects including the Healthy Choices Program,Children of the Seventh Fire,a Girls Program, the Native Language Program, Phillips Indian Educators (PIE),Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering and other collaborative education projects.

Executive Director