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Red Lake Nation to transform closed Bemidji school into human services center

Red Lake Nation's vision for the former elementary school is to transform the space into a community and human services center for the underserved.

BEMIDJI - The former Central Elementary School building in Bemidji will soon have a new purpose through Red Lake's Oshkimaajitahdah services.

The Bemidji Area School Board recently agreed to sell the shuttered school building to the Red Lake Nation, which plans to transform the space into a "one stop shop" for human services. Central Elementary School hasn't been open to students since the School Board voted to close it in 2021.

Oshkimaajitahdah translates to "new beginnings." Red Lake's programming includes multiple economic development programs, many of which operate on a service model.


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