Native American Indian & Tribal Issues
In the 113th Congress, I was able to pass two pieces of legislation – signed by the President – to return lands and benefits to members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe that were originally negotiated under the 1854 Treaty, which had been lost for many years. More recently, the House approved my amendment – with strong bipartisan support from Chairman John Kline (MN-2) – to a bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to state that the Congress must ensure that Indian children do not have to attend school in buildings that are dilapidated and dangerous. Nationwide, there are 63 schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education listed in Poor Condition, including the Bug O Nay Ge Shig School on the Leech Lake reservation in my district. Housed in an old pole building, the school faces rodent and bat infestations, roof leaks, mold, fungus, and more. Good schools deliver a message to students that their education is valued and important – and no child should have to endure deteriorating school rooms to get an education.
I often point out to my colleagues that a bust of Chief Buffalo of La Pointe greets them as they enter the House Floor Chamber from the west front. Chief Buffalo was recognized as the Head and Chief of the Greater Chippewa Nation. And at the age of approximately 92, he lead a tribal delegation all the way from Wisconsin to Washington D.C. to meet with President Millard Fillmore and pave the way for the Treaty of 1854 to stop the removal of the Lake Superior Chippewa from their homes. So in asking my colleagues to continuously support our sovereign Indian nations, I ask them also to remember Chief Buffalo – and the diligence and long, hard work that is so often required to do the right thing representing our people.
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Last April,Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig SchoolSuperintendent Mary Trapp made a long, long, long awaited announcement to students and staff.
“We had tears, we had claps, we had cheers,” she recalled. “The kids are excited that this is only going to take a year.”
The excitement rose for the promise of a new copy1.9 million high school.
A small school with humble beginnings is getting the national attention it deserves.
Last week, federal lawmakers descended upon Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School located in Bena for an official ground-breaking ceremony.
CASS LAKE — The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO), School Board and Superintendent, along with additional local, state, and federal leaders, celebrated the groundbreaking for the new replacement Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School Aug. 24 with a ceremony and reception at the school complex.
The new high school, located on the same property as the current school in Bena, is expected to be completed in July of 2017.
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee Member Al Franken, D-Minn., along with Congressional Native American Caucus Co-Chair Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and Rep. Rick Nolan D-Minn., took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new high school Wednesday near Cass Lake.
The ceremony took place at the site of the future Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, an event they said is the culmination of their years-long fight to replace what has been a dangerously dilapidated school.
State officials and local community leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new, replacement Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School with a ceremony and reception at the school complex.
The new high school, located on the same property as the current school in Bena, Minnesota, is expected to be completed in July of 2017.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO), School Board, and Superintendent, along with additional local, state, and federal leaders, celebrated the groundbreaking of the new, replacement Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 with a ceremony and reception at the school complex. The new high school, located on the same property as the current school in Bena, Minnesota, is expected to be completed in July of 2017.
After years of neglect that led to conditions one Minnesota congressman described as “horrific,” a dilapidated school is getting a much-needed $12 million revamp.
The Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School, on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Bena, was held up as an example of how government support had failed Native American communities.
BENA, MN - After years of struggle, the Bug-o-Nay-Ge-Shig school, on the Leech Lake Reservation, will finally be getting a critical rebuild.
Senator Al Franken and Congressman Rick Nolan joined the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Bena today for a ground breaking ceremony for the new high school made possible thanks to Federal funding.
The Ground breaking for the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School began with traditional native song, followed by remarks from elected and school officials.
All said this project brings hope to the students, faculty and the community at large.
BENA, Minn. — Eighteen years ago, John Parmeter -- a safety compliance officer with the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School -- was found unconscious in his office due to some sort of toxic fumes inside the building. On Wednesday, after years of fighting for a new, safer high school, he was able to watch ground being broken for just that.
BENA, MN (KDAL) - The School Board and Superintendent of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe officially broke ground for the new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School in Bena today (Wednesday).
Earlier in the year, the band announced that it was successful in securing federal funds from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a new high school.
The run down condition of the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school has been documented in local and national media over recent years noting rotten flooring, poor insulation, broken heaters, rodent infestation and exposed wiring.