LLTC Trains Law Officers, Lauds Goodwin Sculpture

Nov 15th, 2006 | By | Category: 18-2: Traditional Wisdom Our Strength, Tribal College News

Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC, Cass Lake, MN) is expanding its Law Enforcement Program (LEP), and a faculty member’s reputation is expanding in Minnesota art circles.

The college is undergoing the lengthy process of becoming designated as a provider of peace officer training. The requirements include justifying the need and articulating course outlines to meet specific objectives and credentials for producing a Minnesota Peace Officer.

In its first step, the college trained social workers, police officers, and prosecutors during a 3-day session that focused on Forensic Interviewing of Children. The First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center from Duluth, MN, assisted with the training.

The college also brought to campus Gang Resistance Education and Training, G.R.E.A.T., a federally funded program which trains officers how to teach life skills to students and help them avoid delinquent behavior and violence.

The program attracted students from the Crow Creek Reservation, Leech Lake Reservation, Red Lake Reservation, White Earth Reservation, and even from municipal agencies as far away as Florida.

In July, LLTC hosted a briefing on terrorism, which provided sworn officers and criminal justice professionals with skills to help them detect terrorism on tribal lands.

The college desires to bring the highest quality training to police officers serving in the Leech Lake area and on reservations throughout Minnesota.


SCULPTOR SEEKS IMAGES IN STONE. Dewey Goodwin, LLTC faculty member, is recognized as an international artist by Minnesota Rocks! Photo by Monte Draper.

Dewy Goodwin (White Earth Band of Ojibwe), a faculty member at LLTC, is concerned about quality in another area. Over the summer, he created a life-size sculpture as part of Minnesota Rocks! — the International Stone Carving Symposium held May 22-June 30 at St. Paul College. He was among 14 international artists commissioned to create works from Minnesota stone for public places in the Twin Cities.

Goodwin’s sculpture design utilized his technique of bringing living spirits out of the rock. He sketched the figure of a grandmother (modeled after his wife, Bambi, and their grandkids).

He encourages people to experience his work up close and personal. “A sculpture is supposed to be touched. You go up and feel the texture.”

As a teenager, Goodwin tried his hand at stone carving. “I started carving pipestone and just took to it. I was 17,” he says. After a stint at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, Goodwin developed his style of sculpting to bring out the forms and movements of animals and the spirits of people from blocks of stone.

“Things that people can relate to,” Goodwin says. “My concept is the less I can take off the stone to come out with the image, that’s my objective, to bring out the spirit and the image. That’s what I do.”

For information, call LLTC at (218) 335-4200.

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