Leech Lake Provides Diverse Survival Tools

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Tribal College News

For the past six years, Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC, Cass Lake, MN) has provided reservation residents with the everyday tools needed to survive.

The tribal college extension’s Sustainable Living Program has utilized workshops, newsletters, and individual sessions to focus on financial literacy, workforce training, entrepreneurial enterprises, food security, and much more, according to Sherri Moe, associate vice president for the Center for Career Development.

The financial literacy and entrepreneur program has helped families work on savings goals, budgeting, and entrepreneurial business start-up plans.

The LLTC Building Community One Garden at a Time Project serves more than 250 individuals and their families with seed distribution, gardening skills seminars, and tilling services for the elderly.

Participants learn to grow their own produce, preserve their food, and prepare traditional meals. In the winter time, a traditional gathering draws more than 150 people each year for 2 days of classes, workshops, and community building.

The LLTC Entrepreneurial Program entails a comprehensive, 8-week, workforce training readiness curriculum. By partnering with local and regional economic development organizations, the program trains local entrepreneurs and business owners in comprehensive business planning. Last year, 18 new and existing business owners received such training.

The mission of the Leech Lake Center for Career Development and Outreach and Extension Programs is to assist reservation community members in accessing resources to develop new strategies for life and work, which will link ancient cultural and spiritual values with the best of contemporary technology, thus promoting an environment for sustainable living.

The outreach and extension programs at LLTC are funded via the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe established the tribal college in July 1990. The college was accredited as a vocational school in 1993. The college was awarded candidacy status with the Higher Learning Commission of NCA in 2001 and anticipates full accreditation in 2006.

For more information, contact Sherri Moe, email smoe@lltc.org, or (218) 335-4258.

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