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BSU’s American Indian Resource Center is home to a permanent installation of Native American portraits taken by Bemidji photographer Neil Hakkerup at the dawn of the 20th century.

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Bemidji State is proud of its location among three native nations — White Earth, Red Lake and Leech Lake. 2003 BSU alum Carri Jones is chair of the Leech Lake Nation.

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The sovereignty of native nations, including our neighbors at Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth, is affirmed by treaties. “Why Treaties Matter,” a traveling exhibit exploring these treaties, visited Bemidji State in 2013.

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Daniel, president of BSU’s Council of Indian Students, joined with other council members to organize a full schedule of activities for Native American Heritage Month, concluding with a workshop in which participants learned to make their own moccasins.

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As the new director of BSU’s American Indian Resource Center, Bill Blackwell Jr. works to support native students and promote appreciation and awareness of American Indian heritage.