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  • Defending tribal colleges: Administrators, students say low graduation rate due to unique challenges

    Ryan Johnson, Bemidji Pioneer|Jul 31, 2013

    CASS LAKE — Seventy-one full-time students started at Leech Lake Tribal College in pursuit of a two-year degree in 2007. Three years later, just 16 had earned a degree – giving the school a graduation rate of 22.5 percent, far below the 42.1 percent of students who graduated in the same time from Wahpeton’s North Dakota State College of Science. But alumnus Lucas Bratvold, who graduated in May with an associate of arts degree after two years, said the college can’t force people to...