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'A long time coming': Red Lake unveils permanent location of its first charter school

RED LAKE - Monday, Nov. 6, will go down in Red Lake Nation history as a day that students get to call the Endazhi-Nitaawiging charter school their own.

Two years after breaking ground on what would become Red Lake's first-ever charter school, Endazhi-Nitaawiging's founders, tribal council members and others in the community congregated at the school on Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a morning of speeches, food, music and camaraderie.

Inside the walls of the school that will serve students in grades K-8, a welcome song gave way for various stakeholders to welcome others to the site and reflect on years of work that went into its opening.

"It was over a decade ago that we started looking at other charter schools, other immersion schools and how they can operate successfully," Tribal Secretary Samuel Strong said, "so this dream has been a long time coming."


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