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Indian Island School is a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Grant School located on an island in the Penobscot River near Old Town, Maine, approximately 14 miles north of Bangor, Maine. The current structure has been in operation since 1986. The school is accredited by the State of Maine for Pre-K through Grade 8.

Indian Island School is one of three Native American Schools which comprise the Maine Indian Education School System. The other two schools are Indian Township and Beatrice Rafferty. The School Committee is a five-member board, of which each member is a tribal member. The school's programs are administered by a superintendent and a principal.

Indian Island School, in its pursuit of excellence in education, strives to continuously upgrade the quality of educational opportunities provided to all its students. With effective collaboration among home, school, and community partnerships, Indian Island School is preparing for growth and change through instruction, leadership, staff development assessment, and technology. This growth and change will be enhanced by maintaining and incorporating the rich Penobscot heritage in what we do.

The Penobscot Indian Nation gained national recognition as a result of the Maine Indian Land Claims Act.

The 2012 Penobscot Tribal Census shows a membership of 2,390; however, only 451 reside on Indian Island, the Penobscot Reservation. The Reservation comprises all islands (approx. 200) in the Penobscot River between Old Town and Medway including Indian Island, which is the only occupied island. Several tracts of land have been acquired by the Penobscot Indian Nation since the 1980 Settlement Act and are located in scattered parcels throughout the state of Maine.