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(left to right) Security guard and grounds supervisor John Parmeter at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School on Tuesday shows School Superintendent Crystal Redgrave, Leech Lake Tribal Chairwoman Carri Jones and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell the damage to the high school from ice heaves. (Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer)

EDUCATION: When funding falls short, U.S. Interior Secretary tours Native American school

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BENA -- As people in suits mingled outside the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School in Bena on Tuesday afternoon, an inconspicuous man walked up the sidewalk after the rain stopped just in time for the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn's visit to the school.


"Welcome to our high school," Benjamin Bowstring said.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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