BENA, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials are visiting a school on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation in Minnesota as they consider redesigning the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is among officials touring the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school on the reservation in Cass County Tuesday. The school is funded by the BIE.
It was originally built to house an auto mechanic school and bus garage and was converted to the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school in 1984. The deteriorating building houses nearly 200 students K-through-12.
Last year, Jewell and Education Secretary Arne Duncan convened a study group to assess problems with BIE-funded schools and recommend reforms. Jewell recently issued an order to restructure and redesign the BIE over the next two school years.
The bureau oversees 183 elementary and secondary schools on 64 reservations in 23 states.