Arts & Humanities Department

Boozhoo, nindinawemaaganidoog. Hello, my relatives. I am Nyleta Belgarde, 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 218-335-4249 or email me at


Nyleta Belgarde
Arts & Humanities Department Chair and Ojibwe Language Instructor
M.Ed. Gifted Education, Oklahoma City University, 2004

Nyleta Belgarde Faculty photo

Nyleta Belgarde
Arts & Humanities Department Chair and Ojibwe Language Instructorr
(218) 335-4249

Arts & Humanities Faculty

Anyea Hake, M.A. English, Bemidji State University

Audrey Thayer, M.Ed., Counseling/Psychology, Cambridge College, 1986

Bob Jourdain, M.A., English, Bemidji State University, 2008

Karen Goulet, M.F.A, Sculpture & M.Ed., Tribal & Multicultural Education

Elaine Fleming, M.F.A., Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles, 2003
M.S., Educational Curriculum and Instruction, Bemidji State University, 1999