201708-Native Visions-Lead

Students like Madeline are helping Bemidji State University strengthen its position as a magnet for American Indian students, language, culture and pride.

201708-Native Visions-Student Voices

Sterling and two of his classmates share observations about their experiences and goals — and why they were drawn to Bemidji State.

201708-Native Visions-Milestones

Explore a timeline of significant milestones in the development of American Indian studies and student services at Bemidji State University, dating back to the 1960s.

201708-Native Visions-Aitken

When Roger Aitken of Walker died in February at age 74, the voice of one of the region’s most ardent advocates of American Indian education was quiet — but hardly silenced.

201708-Native Visions-Blackwell

When Bill Blackwell, Jr. became executive director of the American Indian Resource Center in July 2015, he was back where he’d earned a bachelor’s degree just three years before.


Ally is spending her summer at Jake Bluhm State Farm. She is enjoying her chance to learn new skills and says “an intern who doesn’t ask questions is an intern who isn’t learning.”


English major Summer spent her internship doing technical writing for Bemidji’s Potlach Lumber Mill, including a project to write standard operating procedures for the mill’s machinery.


In her internship at Sanford Health, Corinna is seeing two sides of nursing — one that cares for patients in the hospital and one that provides safe discharge plans when they go home.


“Working here is giving me the insight I need to understand my industry in a way that just cannot be taught in a classroom.” — Scott Headwaters Regional Development Commission intern


Molly Aitken–Julin in Career Services has helped more than 30 Bemidji State students find internships in Bemidji this summer. Explore the other circles to meet some of them.