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USDA Rural Development Officials to Highlight Investment on Red Lake Tribal Nation Reservation and Attend Groundbreaking Event

USDA Rural Development Officials to Highlight Investment on Red Lake Tribal Nation Reservation and Attend Groundbreaking Event

USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer will be welcomed by tribal leaders to the construction sites of new government and college facilities on the Red Lake Nation Reservation at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 25. Landkamer will be joined by other local, state, and nation officials to highlight over $20 million in USDA funding that will be used to finance both projects and assist the Red Lake Tribal Nation in breaking ground for development.

The new government center will provide 24,696 square feet of space and allow all government offices to be housed under one roof. The new college will sit on 42,094 square feet upon completion and allow space for not only classrooms, labs and offices but also a fitness center, day care center, cultural center, commons area and library. The new space will accommodate increased student enrollment, which has doubled over the last two years, and enrollment is expected to keep climbing as the college goes through the process of accreditation.

Landkamer will accompany the Red Lake Tribal Council and Red Lake Nation College President and staff in a celebratory fish fry following the groundbreaking ceremony.

Who: Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director

Dan King, Red Lake Nation College President

Eugene McArthur, Tribal Nation Planner

Red Lake Nation Tribal Council Members

Local, state and national officials

What: Event to celebrate the groundbreaking and USDA funding of a new Tribal Government Center and Tribal College.

When: 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 25, 2013

Where: Construction Site | 23750 Highway 1 East | Red lake, MN 56671

Directions: The site is located just North of the Red Lake Pow Wow Grounds in Red Lake, Minn.

About Red Lake Nation College

The Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) was chartered by the Tribe in 2001 to provide higher education opportunities for Tribal Members living on and near the Red Lake reservation. Prior to the Red Lake Nation College opening, Red Lake Members were forced to drive two hours round trip daily in order to attend college. The rural location of the reservation and the high cost of transportation and daycare costs were all huge barriers to attending college for Tribal Members.

In the Fall of 2012, the RLNC had 121 students start the semester. Over 90% of these 121 students who started in the Fall of 2012 would not be in college if the RLNC were not in existence. The Red Lake Nation College is currently operating as an additional site of the Leech Lake Tribal College and is not an independently accredited college.

The marketing slogan of the Red Lake Nation is “A Great Place to Start!” We want students to attend and earn an Associate of Arts Degree her and move on to attain a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Doctorate Degree or Professional Degrees and then come back and help the reservation community grow and prosper.

Main goals are to provide an excellent, culturally relevant higher education that also prepares our students for the 21st century job market. During their education at the RLNC, we will instill a positive sense of Ojibwe culture and identity. Also, we are trying to build the confidence and academic skill level of students so they can succeed at higher levels of education


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