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From zero to 100: Red Lake leaders achieve complete census count

December 9, 2020

In 2010, less than five percent of Red Lake residents responded to the census. Knowing that the funding impacts of a low count would hit hard in their community, the Red Lake Economic Development & Planning (RLEDP) department was tasked with coordinating efforts to get the word out early about Census 2020. Liz White rolled…


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Video: Talking about Native Nations

August 26, 2021

This video from Native Governance Center, launched this week, offers straightforward guidance on ways to talk about Native Nations, Native lands and Native people. They also have a brief online guide if you'd like to learn more.

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Growing Rural Communities Will Need Newcomers

April 13, 2021

Hard work is a staple in almost any rural community. A hard day’s work might be on the assembly line or in a clinic, at the computer or deep in the belly of a mine. Whatever the job, every working-age person contributing their skills and talents lay the foundation for a growing, thriving community.   As rural communities in Minnesota…


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Due to COVID restrictions we have temporarily suspended our face-to-face training. New online training opportunities are currently under development. Please stay tuned for upcoming offerings.

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January 1 - December 31

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January 1 - December 31

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