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A kitchen at Bemidji State University is labeled in Ojibwe, English and Braille. It's part of an effort to expand the use of Ojibwe in Bemidji. (Photo courtesy of Michael Meuers)

Ojibwe-language sign program promotes unity in Bemidji

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Bemidji, with a population of 13,431, is located at the center of the triangle formed by the reservations of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Subtle and not-so-subtle racism against Indians has always been a problem in the city, said Michael Meuers, who works for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa in government and public relations.


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