Leech Lake opens wellness center

Feb 9th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-3: Technology and Culture, Tribal College News

Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC, Cass Lake, MN) has opened its campus Wellness Center.  Funded in part by grants from the Minnesota Department of Health and the John Snow Inc. “Healthy People 2020” program, this new initiative will provide a wide variety of services and information related to the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of its students and staff. 

The Wellness Center will also inform students about health services available in the broader community and will refer students to appropriate services as needed.  Dawn Plumer, who previously worked in LLTC’s Office of Community and Continuing Education, will be the program director.   Plumer has a degree in Community Health and a passion for teaching the benefits of healthy living.  The Wellness Center has already provided several services including free flu shots and free rapid HIV testing.

Meanwhile Leech Lake Tribal College is progressing toward a new library to replace its tiny, 900-square-foot facility. 

LLTC has selected the architecture firm of Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle for the architectural and engineering design work.  The firm’s principal, Jeffrey Scherer, is one of the country’s leading library design experts. He will join White Earth Band of Ojibwe member Sam Olbekson to lead the design work.  Olbekson, who spent part of his youth growing up on the Leech Lake Reservation, is one of only a handful of Native American architects in Minnesota. He will bring both personal knowledge of Anishinaabe culture and years of architectural expertise to the project. 

More than $750,000 has been raised so far, including a $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant that must be matched 2-to-1 with non-federal donations.  The total project is expected to cost about $2.25 million.

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