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.


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.


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.


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.


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.