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Leech Lake Tribal College founder honored with library dedication


CASS LAKE—Winds of change started blowing 25 years ago when Larry P. Aitken proposed the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe open a tribal college in Cass Lake. Those winds continued to blow across the land Friday as guest speakers hailed the college founder during a naming ceremony for the new Leech Lake Tribal College library.

Aitken, whose Ojibwe name Bezhigoogahbow, means "the one who stands alone," spoke with humor and humility before a crowd of colleagues, family and friends.

"But I don't stand alone," Aitken said. "All these gentlemen here helped me."


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