Minnesota university's Indian center marks 25 years
The American Indian Learning Resource Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth will be celebrating the 26th anniversary on Friday.

When the center first opened, only a few Indian students attended the school. One was Rick Smith, a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Smith is now director of the center, which serves the 139 Indian students this year. “For a lot of people here, they are probably fifth- sixth-, seventh-generation college students,” Smith told The Duluth News Tribune.

Veronica Nelson, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Indians, said the center is a home away from home. “People feed you and tell you stories,” she said. “It keeps you grounded.”

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