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Minnesota Tribal College Awarded $1M Grant to Expand STEM Programs

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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Environmental Institute in Cloquet, Minnesota has been awarded $1.15 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to expand its STEM—science, technology, engineering, math—programs, reports Northland News Center.

The money will go toward the following three projects:

The Seed Library, which preserves traditional Ojibwe cropping systems and incorporates modern strategies for organic produce and medicinal plants.

The St. Louis River Watch Program, a water quality monitoring program.

The Thirteen Moons Program, which connects people to natural resources.

“Our Thirteen Moons program reaches around 2,000 community members each year and is a leader in connecting people with natural resources and Ojibwe culture,” Courtney Kowalczak, director of the Environmental Institute, told Northland News Center. “Our River Watch program is almost 20 years old and continues to teach over 400 students a year about our local rivers. The Bimaaji’idiwin Ojibwe Garden [Seed Library] is continuing its great work in promoting local, fresh foods, and is helping more people see that they can garden.”