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 Volume 2, February 2011

Three tribes to sign agreement to improve education
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Minnesota: Three Ojibwe nations --The White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Red Lake Band of Chippewa  -- are joining efforts to improve Indian education. Their focus is on preserving the Ojibwe language, working on grant partnerships, and sharing programs and resources.

"We know there are disparities in achievement and high school graduation rates, college graduation rates," said White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor.  "The best way to reform the policies and changes that need to be made is for us to work together."

By sharing teachers and resources, it's a win-win-win for all three tribes.

"This is probably the way it was in the old days our tribes were always working together and we kind of got away from that," said Dan King, president of the Red Lake Nation College.  "All aspects of education are important, but we felt the focus now is maybe more critical with language preservation."

The tribes will also share technological advances and various programs to encourage high school students to further their education. King said that in the past, jobs were available for high school graduates, but that's no longer the case.

"You need well beyond a high school diploma just to compete for jobs," he said.
"We need to start encouraging them now. And the tribal colleges are a great place to start."

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