Red Lake Nation College opens in Minneapolis, offering higher education and cultural connection

Red Lake Nation College on Thursday celebrated the opening of its downtown Minneapolis location, with music and applause filling the air as supporters gathered to mark one of the first times an accredited tribal college has set up in an American city.

“It’s really hard to do. If it was easy, it would have been done a long time ago,” College President Dan King told a crowd of tribal members, government officials and others packed into the school’s new building on 3rd Street, across from U.S. Bank Stadium. “Today is a great day for celebration.”

Music played as a long list of speakers made their way to the podium to talk about the obstacles they had to overcome to open a Minneapolis site and their hopes for how it might transform students’ lives.

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