UMD hosts second tribal consultation

By KBJR News 1

October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Professors from the University of Minnesota Duluth are teaming up with tribal members from around the Northland to help identify their educational needs.

Professors from UMD American studies program are holding tribal consultation sessions to identify tribal needs.

Officials say this initiative reflects UMD's vision statement of serving the educational needs of indigenous people.

Through talking with various tribal leaders and educators, UMD officials have identified tribes need more certification classes.

UMD professors are also trying to create a tribal sovereignty board at the college which will help create courses tribal members need.

"Indian tribes are the sixth largest employer in the state of Minnesota and they have a lot of educational needs. Some folks didn't go to college and they want to get some training, so we want to make sure we know what kind of training they want," said Tadd Johnson, director of American Indian studies at UMD.

This was the second consultation session with a third session to be held Nov. 15 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake.

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