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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota

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Beginning with this school year, the band will participate in D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) at the Bug-O-Nah-Ge-Shig elementary, junior and high school on the reservation. In addition, G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) courses will be taught at the school by Gilbert Mitchell, a Navajo reservation police officer who has been certified in this training for five years. He will coordinate, facilitate and maintain a daily liaison with students three days each week.

The program 'will help build and strengthen the rapport between our tribal youth and our police department,' said Samuel 'Rocky' Papasodora, director of public safety and the tribal police department. He said the goals of the two programs are to end 'the ability of our youth to gain access to those substances and gang formation by introducing and teaching effective preventive measures.'

The department also is instituting a child identification system with each child's photo and fingerprints going into a database. Beginning this month, officers will visit all communities on the reservation to establish a file on each child.