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Red Lake Wins Award: Collaboration with MNDOT on Two Reservation Bridges

As A Top Project, Red Lake Received Professional Video to Highlight Project


September 17, 2018

Red Lake/DOT Award

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians were notified on September 10, that the band was one of the top recipients of the Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards for 2018. The award was for the Construction and Collaboration of the Red Lake Nation and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) to construct the Redby Bridge (Mud River) and the Highway #1 West Bridges.

The road and bridges involved in this project serve residents of the Red Lake Indian Nation, as well as the general public traveling to and through the reservation. This remote stretch of Highway 1 is a crucial link in the transportation network in northwestern Minnesota.

Two of the choices Redby residents had for the look of the Redby Bridge. They chose the top one, the circles are the Seven Clans.

The Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards recognize the great work of state government entities and encourage an environment of experimentation and innovation in Minnesota. The Humphrey School recognizes state government entities engaged in innovation and service redesign. Judges select up to ten award winners and the top three of the innovative entities are selected for promotional videos.

This is the first year that a category for awards will go to a project that represents collaboration between a state government entity and one of Minnesota's federally recognized tribes.

The top three projects received a professionally produced video to share the story of their work with others. Red Lake was #2. The video may be seen in its entirety at the link below. The video is well done and is about four and a half minutes long.


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