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BP: 'One who walks alone' walks on: Trailblazing American Indian leader Larry Aitken dies at age 74


October 5, 2018

LEECH LAKE—Larry Aitken, a luminary of American Indian education, passed away early Thursday. He was 74.

Aitken—whose name in Ojibwemowin means "one who walks alone"—blazed a trail for American Indian educators and leaders who have gone on to earn well-regarded positions in Minnesota and Bemidji-area academia and higher education. He helped establish the Leech Lake Tribal College, which now boasts nearly 1,000 graduates, and the University of Minnesota Duluth's American Indian Learning Resource Center, a progenitor for the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University.


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