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Continued: Lives of Red Lake students become part of museum exhibit

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA MATOS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 29, 2013 - 3:57 PM

Ashlyn Reynolds wants to be a doctor and join the Marines. In his profile for the display, Lussier wrote that he wanted to be the president of the United States.

And while life as an Indian has changed dramatically since the boarding-school days, there is one thing, the students say, that they hold as dear to their hearts as their ancestors did: their culture.

When Isaham told her grandmother that she would be participating in the display, her grandmother said to do something she hadn’t been allowed to do:

“She told me to be loud and outspoken,” Isaham said.


Alejandra Matos • 612-673-4028


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    The newest addition to the “Then Now Wow” exhibit features students from Red Lake Middle School and a look back at life in an Indian boarding school from 1879 to 1950.

    Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

    Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors (65+), $9 college students (valid ID), $6 ages 6-17.

    Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tue., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Sun. Closed Mondays.

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