From the Office of the President
Welcome to Leech Lake Tribal College. Recently, I had the privilege of attending a public presentation on manoomin (wild rice) by three of our LLTC students. As I observed the professional demeanor and listened to the articulate presentations of Michelle Marion, Thea Ogema, and Kelli Carmean, I had cause to reflect, once again, upon the positive impact that tribal colleges continue to have—not only in American Indian communities, but throughout the nation.
Also, during the College’s annual visit to Capitol Hill, I was very proud of the two young students who accompanied me there—Adriana Kingbird and Bryce Premo. Adriana’s goal is to become a medical doctor; Bryce is studying to become an astrophysicist, and I am confident that each of these intelligent, professional young Anishinaabe students will accomplish their dreams.
Because LLTC exists, however, young Native scholars have opportunity to earn a two-year degree that readily transfers to other accredited institutions; they are invited to give presentations at national workshops and conferences; they are conducting hands-on research in STEM (Science/Technology/ Engineering/Math) fields; and they are traveling to national conferences where they are able to share their culture and exchange ideas with hundreds of other American Indian college students.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of our tribal college family and for the privilege of working with students like Michelle, Thea, Kelli, Adriana, and Bryce, as well as with a phenomenal faculty and staff. Without your prayers, moral support, and donations, however, LLTC could not exist, and I am deeply sincere when I say, “Chi miigwech!” (Thank you so much!).
Dr. Erma Vizenor
President, Leech Lake Tribal College
Director of Operations
Dean of Academics
Director of Assessment & Institutional Research