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From medicine garden to language classes, Native education is growing in Rochester schools

The district's Native American education programs will soon include Dakota language classes

ROCHESTER - Coen Wagner was a digging machine outside Dakota Middle School last Friday. And it was welcomed.

The 8-year-old helped plant in the school's medicine garden last fall - crops that included tobacco, sage, wild strawberry, skunk cabbage and more, all of which the Dakota people used long before white settlers took over the land. Coen was just as excited to dig through the garden last week, adding even more plants this time around.

"It's just really interesting to know more about stuff like powwows and Native Americans," said Coen, a Navajo student at Rochester Public Schools.


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