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August 26, 2019

Red Lake (Minn.) High School Principal Tracy Olson, left, and Red Lake School Board Chairman Michael Barrett pose near a sign that declares the school, where virtually every student is American Indian, "Warrior Nation." (Annalise Braught/Bemidji Pioneer)

At Red Lake School District in northwest Minnesota, drummers pound out a flag song before basketball games. District leaders ceremonially burn sage before school board meetings. Students bead their graduation caps and learn how to tap maple trees to make syrup and candies while staff cook bread over a fire.

The public school district is headquartered near the southern end of Red Lake Nation, a sprawling Ojibwe community about 40 minutes from Bemidj that owns land as far north as the Northwest Angle. Approximately half of Red Lake's 12,000-plus members live on the reservation.


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