Red Lake Indian Nation Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for Tribe's First Charter School, Endazhi-Nitaawiging
October 27, 2021
RED LAKE, Minn.-On the morning of Monday, October 18, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the tribe's first charter school, Endazhi-Nitaawiging (The Place Where It Grows). The charter school is owned by the tribe, and its focus is to teach enhanced knowledge of Ojibwe language, culture, leadership and environmental stewardship.
"Our Ojibwemowin is very important to us," said Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Chairman Darrell Seki during the groundbreaking ceremony. "If you learn Ojibwemowin, you'll learn our culture and traditions very clearly and that's what we want for our next generation."
The groundbreaking ceremony started with a sunrise ceremony, led by former boarding school survivors, followed by remarks by members of the Red Lake Tribal Council, members of the board, and Minnesota Representative Heather Keeler (Dakota/Shoshone, D-District 4, Moorhead).