Senators Franken and Klobuchar were joined by Larry Roberts, the Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs.
Published May 8, 2016
LEECH LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION— On Friday, U.S. Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) visited the troubled Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota.
It was the first visit since it was announced that nearly $12 million in federal funding was secured to rebuild the dilapidated school and make it more conducive to learning.
Students and teachers have had to endure unsafe conditions—including freezing temperatures, leaky ceilings and doors, faulty electrical and air systems, mold, and sewer backups.
Both senators have worked hard for the funds to rebuild the school. Sen. Franken, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and Sen. Klobuchar have pushed for the funding, saying he current school has not been conducive to learning for many years.
The two senators visited the current school and met with local school officials, students, and teachers to discuss rebuilding plans and were joined by Larry Roberts, the Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs.
“Our kids will finally have a safe environment to learn and grow. Years of hard work have paid off and I’m incredibly proud and excited there will soon be a new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School,” Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairwoman Carri Jones stated last month when it was announced the school would be rebuilt.