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Red Lake alum Liz Barrett reflects on successful Ivy League college experience as an Indigenous woman


Liz Barrett, a 2017 Red Lake High School alumna, left, graduated June 13 from Dartmouth College, right. (Submitted photos)

RED LAKE -- Liz Barrett will never forget the day in 2017 when she learned she had been accepted to Dartmouth College. She was hiding in the bathroom at her high school internship to conceal her emotions, anticipating rejection.

Her stomach dropped when she read, "Congratulations." She had done it.

"I was kind of keeping it to myself because I thought, 'Oh, there's no way I'm going to get in. I just want to deal with this by myself and it's going to be super embarrassing if I tell anybody.' I went into the bathroom when it came time for them to release decisions," she said. "I was looking at it and thought, 'Wait.' -- I read congratulations."


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