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  • Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down

    Jul 19, 2024

    THUMBS UP to Carlton County and the city of Cloquet for staying competitive when it comes to pay for law enforcement officers. Both jurisdictions saw their board and council, respectively, approve pay increases recently aimed at keeping wages comparable to those of surrounding departments and the local labor market. Nobody likes budget increases that stress tax levies. But, the alternatives are stark — losing peace officers to better-paying outfits and leaving our communities vulnerable. “The bigger issue is, if we can’t get qualified law e...

  • College's latest crop of cops graduates walk

    Jana Peterson|Jul 5, 2024

    In the years that followed the 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and subsequent calls for law enforcement reforms, choosing a career as a cop got more complicated and less popular. In 2019, 48 students graduated from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College law enforcement program. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, there were 27. In 2022, only 15. Last year there were 24. There were 22 graduates at this year's Enhanced Skills Professional Peace Officers Education Program ceremo...

  • Changes made outside and in at college

    Brady Slater and Jana Peterson|Jun 28, 2024

    Brady Slater [email protected] A pair of major projects took over the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus this spring and summer. One, the renovation of the commons area, is ongoing, while the other wrapped up earlier this month. As part of the Forest Stewardship Project, the college underwent a significant tree-thinning effort, dubbed a selective harvest. Built on the remnant timber plantation, the college’s tree thinning effort sought to improve fire safety and ...

  • College hosts career camp

    Jun 21, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College hosted high school students interested in exploring healthcare at Scrubs Camp June 12-14 during the annual Indigenous Healthcare Career Exploration Camp. Topics for this year’s camp include midwifery, physician’s assistant-orthopedics, aging services, alcohol and drug counseling, emergency medicine, pharmacy, equine assisted therapy, occupational therapy, medical research, and nursing. “The Indigenous Healthcare Career Exploration Camp is a tremendous opportunity for indigenous, rural or under...

  • A village helped create Fond du Lac Tribal and Community college

    Anita Hanson|Jun 21, 2024

    For 36 years, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has fulfilled its mission of providing higher education opportunities for its communities in a welcoming, culturally diverse environment. As an institution, we have much to be grateful for. In reflecting on our history, my thoughts go back to what took place behind the scenes in 1987, and years prior, to officially establish our unique institution. We are the only college in the nation that is both a Tribal college and a state community...

  • Photos: History made at college graduation

    Amber Nichols|May 17, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College included a bit of history as the first bachelor of science degrees for elementary education were handed out in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center May 9. There were 148 graduates who crossed the stage. Joradan Paulson, Nahin Gatica Cruz and Shana Aubid were the education graduates. There were 219 degrees earned in total....

  • Bad River Band keeps fighting for rights

    Jana Peterson|May 10, 2024

    The Thunder Film Fest welcomed a regional celebrity to its screening of the "Bad River" documentary Saturday afternoon at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Mike Wiggins Jr., former chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was the guest of honor and featured in the movie. "Bad River" tells the story of the Wisconsin- based Bad River Band and its ongoing fight for sovereignty - not only its recent legal battle over the 70-year-old Enbridge Line 5 pipeline and the threat...

  • Ojibwe quiz bowl team has the answers

    May 3, 2024

    The Cloquet High School Ojibwe Quiz Bowl team recently took first place at the Minnesota Indian Education Association's 2024 Ojibwe Quiz Bowl. Next up is the 2024 Lester "Jack" Briggs Regional Quiz Bowl Championship on May 10 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Although it's not technically a "state" quiz bowl competition, "it might as well be," said Ojibwe teacher and quiz bowl coach Julian Kitto. "All the teams will be there." This school year marked the third year for Cloquet's most...

  • FDLTCC free film festival features 'Bad River'

    Apr 26, 2024

    Touted as "the future of indigenous cinema," the Thunder Film Fest offers a free day of indigenous film May 4 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. The day begins with a free breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony and a sneak peek of an international documentary and Q&A with Ojibwe and Karelian casts until noon. At 1 p.m. is the community showcase, a local short film competition. The recently released documentary film "Bad River" starts at 3 p.m. Chronicling the W...

  • College honored for student success

    Feb 23, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is honored to share that Achieving the Dream has awarded FDLTCC the 2024 Leah Meyer Austin Award. The Leah Meyer Austin Award signifies a college’s adoption of practices and strategies leading to a student-focused culture, notable increases in student outcomes, and reduction of equity gaps. The announcement was made at the annual DREAM conference, which brought over 2,000 community college leaders, faculty, and student affairs staff to the Orlando World Center Marriott. FDLTCC joined ATD in 2017 among a...

  • Spiderwoman Theater coming to Cloquet

    Feb 23, 2024

    The Indigenous-feminist Spiderwoman Theater is bringing its 16-member ensemble to Cloquet as part of a five-day residency at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and Northland College, in Ashland, Wisconsin, Feb. 27-March 2. Spiderwoman grew out of the urban Native community centered in Brooklyn in the 1950s. In addition to their experimental and activist focuses, they have emphasized the importance of interconnectivity among Indigenous communities across the globe. Spiderwoman Theater was...

  • Tribal college names students with honor

    Feb 2, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet had 273 students achieving high academic standing honors: 154 on the dean’s (3.0 GPA or higher) and 119 on the president’s list (4.0 GPA). FDLTCC president’s list Barnum: Selah Casper, Madison Goodwin, Madison Jones, Julie Krueger, ShyAnn Ostby Carlton: Burley, Shalom Heikkila, Joseph Kitto, Abigail Ronkainen, Abrianna Schmidt, Bradley Untiedt Cloquet: Robin Anderson, Carlos Arreola, Tiffany Bones, Ann Carlson, Dylan Clark, Clara Dale, Jena Hurd, Taylor Janisch, Jacqueline Jennissen, Elizabeth...

  • Thunderbird is now a press

    Jan 26, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is starting its own teaching press, which it’s calling Animikii Mazina’iganan: Thunderbird Press. The press aims to publish innovative, culturally significant, high-quality works in English or Anishinaabemowin. The first publication, “Fur Trade Nation,” by renowned artist Carl Gawboy, will be released this spring. “After more than a decade of publishing The Thunderbird Review, our annual literary journal, it’s time to see what more we can do for our com...

  • Wall of Wine is FDLTCC fundraiser

    Jan 19, 2024

    Friday, Jan. 19 is the last day to take advantage of the Wall of Wine and raffle from noon to 7 p.m. at Cold One Liquor in Cloquet. For a donation of $20, guests select a random bottle of wine and an envelope containing a gift card ranging in value from $10 to $100 donated from an area business. The event is first come, first served, with payment by cash or check only. Raffle tickets are also available. All proceeds go toward supporting Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College student scholarships....

  • College celebrates fall nursing grads

    Jan 5, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated the associate degree nursing program graduating class from the fall 2023 during a pinning ceremony Dec. 20. It was the first fall pinning ceremony at FDLTCC since the nursing program started enrolling admissions during the spring of 2022. The intimate ceremony featured speeches from FDLTCC Nursing student James Friedman, and Karen Lilyquist, a member of the FDLTCC nursing faculty. Tami Matuszak, interim dean of nursing and health sciences,...

  • Christmas at the tribal college

    Dec 8, 2023

    It’s a big holiday weekend at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The annual Holiday Celebration at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College returns to campus today, Dec. 8. The family event, hosted by the FDLTCC Human Services Club, is 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the FDLTCC commons. The holiday fun continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with the Arts and Crafts Holiday Market in the FDLTCC Commons. During the event, artists, bakers, and craft makers will be sharing beautiful beadwork, healing soaps and creams, Native American artwork, a...

  • Pumpkin run is Oct. 21

    Oct 6, 2023

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s 18th annual Pumpkin Run and Walk is planned for Saturday, Oct. 21. This year’s event will include a Ring Road Fun Run, 9:30 a.m. The 5K (3.1-mile) race will begin at 10 a.m. The fun run covers a single lap of the FDLTCC campus, while the 5K starts and ends on campus. Both races are open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The entry fee leading up to and on race day is $25 per person. Children 10 and under can register for the new fun run for free. Online registration is available thr...

  • Tribal college plots next five years

    Brady Slater|Sep 29, 2023

    Once a member of the first class of students to graduate from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus in Cloquet, Roxanne DeLille went on to u niversity in Duluth and later committed five years to the tribal college at the request of its founding president, the late Jack Briggs. "Twenty-five years later, closer to 30, I'm still here," DeLille said. As dean of indigenous and academic affairs, DeLille described herself as a big-picture person who likes to dream big. For that, she was...

  • FDLTTC welcomes new president

    Jana Peterson|Sep 22, 2023

    The newest president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College already knows the college from the inside out, working in numerous positions since she was hired as a part-time counselor nearly 30 years ago. Anita Hanson is the fifth president of the college, and the second woman to lead the college, a partnership between tribe and state. Hanson replaces FDLTCC's first woman president, Stephanie Hammitt, who passed away unexpectedly in November after leading the college officially since 2018....

  • FinnFest tour to highlight Carlton County

    Jana Peterson|Jul 28, 2023

    There was a time when a person could hear a church service in Finnish in Cloquet, live in the "Finntown" neighborhood and join one of several cooperatives started here by Finnish immigrants. Many descendents of those immigrants still live here. Some are easily identified by their blue eyes and blond hair, or their names - Riihiluoma, Juntunen, Ikola and Soukkala, among others - while others may be identified by their speech patterns or habits, such as taking a sauna (pronounced SOW-na if you're...

  • FDLTCC to host Ed Fest Monday

    Jun 23, 2023

    The elementary education program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will host its first Ed Fest on June 26. With a theme of “Bringing Indigenous Teachings into the Classroom,” the Ed Fest will include presentations and workshops for educators throughout the day and a free community feast in the evening. The keynote speaker, James Vukelich, will talk about the Seven Grandfather Teaching. Teacher of the Year Sarah Lancaster will also speak. For more information about Ed Fest 2023, visit https://link.fdltcc.edu/EdFest2023. Educators wil...

  • New president named at FDLTCC

    Jun 23, 2023

    The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities named Anita Hanson to serve as president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on June 21, effective immediately. Hanson has served as interim president since her predecessor, Stephanie Hammitt, passed away in November. "Anita navigated the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College community through an immensely difficult time with empathy and grace," said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. "Anita's...

  • Two finalists named for FDLTCC president

    Jun 2, 2023

    Minnesota State has named two finalists in the search for the next president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The candidates are Anita Hanson and Kimberly Spoor. Anita Hanson has served the college since 1994, beginning her career as a faculty counselor and disability services coordinator from 1994 to 2008. She currently serves the college as acting president, a position she has held since November. Previously, she served the college as vice president of student services and enrollment management during the fall of 2022; dean of...

  • 74 grads walk in college ceremony

    Taylor Warnes|May 19, 2023

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated this year's graduates at a commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 11, with 74 of this year's 131 graduates walking the stage. Dr. Arne Vainio provided the commencement address, and student speakers included Valerie Zhaawendaagozikwe and Gracee Petersen. During her welcoming remarks in the Lester Jack Bridges Cultural Center, FDLTCC acting president Anita Hanson honored the former president, the late Stephanie Hammitt. "Yesterday and this...

  • College to host an 'Earth week'

    Apr 14, 2023

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is hosting its annual Earth Week Celebration April 17-20. It will feature presenters, games, prizes and food. The week opens on Monday with a feast and presentations on the role of tribal agencies and the community on climate adaptation plans to help protect the land. Tuesday activities will focus on sustainability practices. The annual research symposium will take place Wednesday. Things wrap up Thursday with a maple sap boil and maple cotton candy, along with tips on seed starting and playing...

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