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Education MOU Signing Date Set Regarding Tribal Colleges

Minnesota's Three Largest Tribal Nations

 

March 16, 2020

Dan King, President, Red Lake Nation College

All three northern Tribal Chairmen, Tribal College Presidents and all three Tribal Education Directors or Superintendents will be at a signing of a resolution regarding higher education in Indian Country. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed on Thursday, March 25, 2020 from noon to 1:30 pm. The event will be held at Red Lake Casino Banquet Room.

"This is the first step toward trying to get at least $1M for each Tribal College from the State of MN," said Dan King, President of Red Lake Nation College. "The state does not help Tribal Colleges with any direct funding like all other schools in Minnesota."

"Once we get this done," said King, "this will show the State that we are united on education and in working together on this, which should make our case for Tribal College funding stronger."

Agenda

12:15pm Drum Ceremony

12:30pm Red Lake Chairman, Darrell Seki, Sr., Comments

12:40pm Leech Lake Chairman, Faron Jackson Comments

12:45pm White Earth Chairman, Mike Fairbanks Comments

12:50pm Signing Agreement and photo opportunities

1:00pm Traditional Walleye Meal

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EDUCATION NATION CONSORTIUM RESOLUTION

BETWEEN THE RED LAKE, LEECH LAKE & WHITE EARTH TRIBAL NATIONS

Signed on March 26, 2020, at the Red Lake Nation Seven Clans Casino, in Red Lake

WHEREAS, the three Tribes of Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth have historically close ties since we are all

Members of the Great Ojibwe Nation, and

WHEREAS, the three Tribes of Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth all share the same Ojibwe language and

culture, and

WHEREAS, the three Tribes of Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth have recently worked together on economic

development and social issues, and

WHEREAS, the three Tribes of Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth have similar educational challenges, and

WHEREAS, the three Tribes of Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth each have independent, sovereign Nation,

Tribal Colleges to serve their respective Tribal Communities,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, during this educational summit, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, the Leech

Lake Band of Ojibwe and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe agree to cooperate, share ideas and work together on

making educational improvements to the following major issues affecting Indian education:

●The crucial and urgent issue of Ojibwe language preservation, and

●Any and all issues affecting Indian education specific program improvements, and

●Mutually agreed upon educational grant partnering, grant endorsements and generating new revenue

sources for each college and for our three­Tribe, educational consortium, and

●Mutually beneficial advocacy efforts that will help each Tribe and this consortium, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, since all of the Tribes of this new consortium also have Tribal Colleges to serve their

respective Tribal Communities, the Tribal College Presidents will also work together on all of these areas that can

be of mutual benefit to all Members of this consortium, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the three Tribal leaders and the three Tribal College Presidents will all sign this historic

Education Nation consortium agreement, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the three Tribal Education Directors/Superintendents, if any, of the three respective

K-12 Tribal school systems for Tribal Members, will also work together on all of these areas that can be of mutual

benefit to all Members of this consortium, and also sign this historic Education Nation consortium agreement, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the three Tribes will together create an updated charter of operations to establish a

process for adding new members, voting, and also sign this revised document

Signed, updated and agreed to on this date of March 26, 2020, by the leaders of the three Ojibwe Tribes and the

leaders of the three, independent Tribal Colleges,

Three Tribal Government Chairmen agreement:

Darrell Seki, Chairman

Red Lake Band of Chippewa

Faron Jackson, Sr., Chairman

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Michael Fairbanks, Chairman

White Earth Band of Ojibwe

Three Tribal College Presidents agreement:

Dan King, President

Red Lake Nation College

Raymond Burns, President

Leech Lake Tribal College

Lorna LaGue, President

White Earth Tribal & Community College

Three Tribal Education/School District Superintendent Leaders agreement:

Melinda Crowley

Superintendent

Laurie Harper

Education Director

Ronald Buckanaga

Director of Education

 

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