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New Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school is complete but Bureau of Indian Education system is still crumbling.


August 1, 2018

The list of dignitaries on hand Monday to dedicate northern Minnesota’s new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School included U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. On his return to Washington, D.C., the Trump Cabinet member needs to send this critical message to his slow-moving agency: The work to rebuild crumbling Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools has just begun.

Every kid served by the federally run BIE system deserves the same safe, modern learning facility that Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig students now have. Classes will be held for the first time this fall in the new 44,000-square-foot building near Bena, Minn. The light-filled, $14.5 million school replaces a cramped, damp, cold and leaky old pole building spotlighted in a 2014 Star Tribune editorial series on deplorable BIE school conditions.


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