How Bemidji State is helping Indian students

MPR reporter Tom Robertson reports on how Bemidji State University’s American Indian Resource Center could become a national home for Ojibwe language and cultural education — and already is a welcoming presence for Indian students.

Roberson interviews Don Day, director of BSU’s American Indian Resource Center, who says that because Indian students can come from low income backgrounds, they struggle adjusting to college.

Day says the center helps them make the transition. He tells Robertson:

“There’s great pride in our language, in our culture, in our ceremonies, in the things we have always done,” Day said. “People are much more confident and they’re getting that here … We’re narrowing the gap, but it’s going to take a little while.”

Read the full story, and listen to the audio here.