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Lucas Bratvold and his girlfriend, Veronica Kingbird, are recent graduates from the Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake and will attend the University of Minnesota Duluth this fall. The couple immersed themselves in as many classes as they could, including classes like stone carving and helping to make a birch bark canoe. MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Defending tribal colleges: Administrators, students say low graduation rate due to unique challenges

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By Ryan Johnson

Forum News Service

CASS LAKE — Seventy-one full-time students started at Leech Lake Tribal College in pursuit of a two-year degree in 2007.


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