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Larry Pogemiller, right, the director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, visited the Leech Lake Tribal College campus Tuesday to meet with administrators and students. Also pictured, from left, are Megan FitzGibbons, an OHE who works with the Minnesota Indian Scholarship, and Carrie Jones, chairwoman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Bethany Wesley | Bemidji Pioneer

Pogemiller visits Leech Lake Tribal College


CASS LAKE – It wasn’t until Veronica Kingbird began attending Leech Lake Tribal College that she flourished in school.

“I really struggled (in the traditional school system) and I think that was because they didn’t notice me,” she said.

Now at LLTC, Kingbird, 27, is studying the Ojibwe language with hopes of establishing a school in the Anishinaabe culture, teaching the Ojibwe language and traditional academics.

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