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Oneida Nation School Board

Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities

The Oneida Nation School Board has the charge of setting direction for the educational leadership of the students attending the Oneida Nation Schools, and the planning for future educational development. Within that responsibility  rests the authority to oversee and plan for the academic and cultural growth of the students and Tribal institutions. Within the authorities set out by the General Tribal Council pursuant to Section 1(h) of Article IV of the Constitution of the Oneida Nation, and the agreements contained within the Memorandum of Agreement, the Oneida Nation School Board exists to ensure compliance of the school with Tribal initiatives and planning, the community’s desires, and the sound academic practice.

The Oneida Nation School Board’s objectives shall include, but are not limited to:

  • The monitoring of school operations and development, ensuring compliance with sound academic practice and consistency with community priorities and Tribal initiatives and planning.
  • Approval of all curriculum developed and implemented for use within the Oneida Nation Schools, ensuring quality academic instruction incorporating Oneida cultural tenets.
  • Direct involvement in the process of personnel matters, as prescribed in the Memorandum of Agreement, ensuring the maintenance of quality staff and policy benefiting the harmony of the staff and ultimately the students of the school.
  • Review and endorsement of all contracts, grants, and proposals relative to the school’s operation and funding, and submission of same consistent with the Oneida Tribe’s funding cycles, ensuring a level of funding for the school consistent with its developmental and operational needs.
  • To meet with the Oneida Business Committee and to negotiate any disputes which may arise between the Committee and the Board, ensuring the continued carrying out of the Board’s charge and the benefits which must accrue to the students.
  • To conduct, or cause to be conducted, long and short-range planning for the development of educational programming for the students attending Tribal-specific programs of study.
  • To report to the Oneida Business Committee and the Oneida General Tribal Council on a regular basis, apprising the Tribal leadership of the school’s progress and current issues.


  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
  • Be and enrolled member of the Oneida Nation.
  • At least four (4) of the nine (9) members must be parents/guardians of a student enrolled in an educational program that qualifies under
    the Oneida Nation School System; and
  • Have passed an Annual Care Giver Background Check (State of Wisconsin Form F-80264).
Members & Term (Updated 09/13/2023)

Barbara Cornelius (Community-at-Large)
08/01/2021 to 07/31/2024

Vicki Cornelius (Community-at-Large)
08/01/2021 to 07/31/2024

Melinda K. Danforth (Parent/Guardian), Secretary
08/01/2021 to 07/31/2024

Kathleen Cornelius (Community-at-Large)
08/01/2022 to 07/31/2025

Sacheen Lawrence (Community-at-Large), Chair
08/01/2022 to 07/31/2025

Vacant (Parent/Guardian)
08/01/2022 to 07/31/2025

Katsitsiyo Danforth (Parent/Guardian)
08/01/2023 to 07/31/2026

Candace House(Parent/Guardian)
08/01/2023 to 07/31/2026

Vacant (Community-at-Large)
08/01/2023 to 07/31/2026

Marlon Skenandore
BC Liaison

Lisa Liggins
BC Liaison Alternate

Meetings & Minutes

The Board meets at 5:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month.  Meetings are held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

School Board Agenda Request Form

05/01/24 ONSB Meeting Minutes
04/30/24 ONSB Meeting Minutes
04/25/24 ONSB Meeting Minutes
04/16/24 ONSB Meeting Minutes
04/01/24 ONSB Meeting Minutes



Oneida Nation School Board Bylaws 8/26/2020

Other Links

Oneida Nation School System Page
March 21, 1988 Memorandum of Agreement with Business Committee
GTC Resolution # 03-21-88-B Expand Number of School Board Members
GTC Resolution 07-09-83-A Revised Membership of the Oneida Nation Tribal School Board
BC Resolution # 01-31-01-A Emergency Rule Resolution – Oneida Nation School Board/Memorandum of Agreement

Complaint Process Form


Please contact Jolene Hensberger (920) 869-1676 or for requests relating to the Oneida Nation School Board.

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