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University Students Team Up With Circle of Nations School To Build Bullying Prevention Campaign


Five students from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) incorporated the medicine wheel into their anti-bullying campaign at the Circle Of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Circle of Nations is an inter-tribal off-reservation boarding school, chartered under the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate and funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. It serves American Indian youth in grades 4 through 8.

At the Circle Of Nations School, the five mass communications senior students at MSUM spearheaded discussions about the medicine wheel, and the Circle of Nations students discussed its meaning to them, as well as how respect for one another is important.

The MSUM students also incorporated a map into the campaign. A string connecting students' home state to Wahpeton indicated unity. The underlining point was that despite their different backgrounds, all the students are bound together in many ways including education. 

At the event, wristbands were distributed with the MSUM students campaign theme “Stand Up. Stand Out. Stand Together.” to all students who attended the session. Students were also able to sign a pledge against bullying that was framed for the school to display as a reminder of the day.

"Bullying is a problem in schools all across the United States, but with education and awareness of the issue, we can help to prevent it from happening, which is what the MSUM team hopes to have done for the Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota," the MSUM students wrote in a press release. 

The five MSUM students—Julie Eisenlohr, Ashley Myhra, Jared Erling, Lauren Alhquist and Cassandra Maland—created the bullying prevention initiative as part of the annual National Batemen competition. This year it is focused on raising awareness and prevention of bullying in schools across the United States.