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Arts & Humanities

Natural Sciences and Technology Department
Elain Flemming

Elaine Fleming
Arts and Humanities
Department Chair and Instructor

(218) 335-4259
elaine.fleming@lltc.edu

Boozhoo, nindinawemaaganidoog. Hello, my relatives. Bezhigo Binesi Ikwe nindigo. Maang nindoodem. In English, I am called Elaine Fleming, and I chair the Arts and Humanities Department in which our instructors teach liberal arts courses. Knowledge from an Indigenous perspective and teaching as a sacred art are the foundation of the Arts and Humanities Department. We are the “shining” people, and your success is our success.

Liberal arts, from an Indigenous American perspective, is our unique focus. We offer an A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and an A.A. in Indigenous American Leadership. These degrees integrate Indigenous American Studies, contemporary and traditional arts, social studies, humanities, and natural sciences with indigenous understanding through a variety of exceptional courses. Based on Ojibwe values, these educational and cultural opportunities prepare our students for success in the world beyond the classroom and are also designed to prepare students to transfer to four year programs of study in Liberal Arts or related degree programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

If you have questions about our programs, please contact me at 218-335-4259 or email me at elaine.fleming@lltc.edu.

Sincerely,

Elaine Fleming
Arts & Humanities Department Chair and Instructor

Ojibwe Language


Ojibwe Language

Epiitendaagwak Ojibwemowin

(that is how much the language is valued/worth)

Epiitendaagwak Ojibwemowin is designed to preserve and revitalize knowledge and understanding of Ojibwemowin. Epiitendaagwak Ojibwemowin consists of four core courses, two of which are required for completion of six Degree Programs offered at Leech Lake Tribal College, as well as two advanced language courses for students seeking to further their language skills.

Epiitendaagwak Ojibwemowin is led by Bob Jourdain, a first language speaker, who is dedicated to LLTC students, faculty, staff and the community and willing to share his knowledge.

Leech Lake is blessed to still have several hundred first language speakers and it is critical our traditional, cultural and spiritual well-being to speak our first language. Your higher education experience will be enhanced by the ability to think in Ojibwe concepts.

Indigenous Leadership


Indigenous Leadership

Associate in Arts Degree, Indigenous Leadership

The program is designed for students to receive an Associate of Arts Degree, Indigenous Leadership. This Degree Program is a two-year course of study designed intentionally as an exploration of and exposure for many disciplines, but in particular to Ojibwe language and culture, history, governance, and land base; the four elements of nationhood. Based on Ojibwe values, these educational and cultural opportunities provide students with skills to identify community concerns and then engage in community service. It also prepares students to transfer to four year programs of study at other colleges and universities. The credits a student earns at Leech Lake Tribal College are accredited and will transfer to colleges of the student’s choice, depending on transfer equivalency guidelines.

Upon completion of the requirements, this program is designed for students to receive an Associate in Arts Degree in Indigenous Leadership. This program focuses on the people of the Leech Lake Reservation, their world view, culture, and knowledge. It also addresses the same categories for the Indigenous American (Anishinaabe) of North America in a global context. 

Specifically, the program provides skills to identify community concerns and then engage in community service.

List of Required Courses


Liberal Education


Liberal Education

The program is designed for students to receive an Associate of Arts Degree, Liberal Education. This Degree Program is a two-year course of study designed intentionally as an exploration of and exposure to many disciplines, development of a wide breadth of understanding of liberal education and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions. 

The Degree Program is centered and infused with culturally relevant material. It is the intention of this course of study to provide students an exposure to the Ojibwe language and allow them the opportunity to understand Anishinaabe values and how these values can provide a foundation for lifelong learning and community involvement. 

The credits a student earns at Leech Lake Tribal College are accredited and will transfer to colleges of the student’s choice, depending on transfer equivalency guidelines.

List of Required Courses