Raymond Burns

Raymond Burns


(218) 335-4268


Tribal Affiliation:
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe

My parents were part of the wave of Indian employees that the Bureau of Indian Affairs hired to work in Boarding Schools in the 60’s, so I was born in Riverside, California while my parents worked at the Sherman Indian School. We lived for a while on my home reservation (Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in NW Wisconsin) before moving to Wahpeton, North Dakota. Graduation from Wahpeton Senior High School and attended Dartmouth College.
After Dartmouth, I discovered that I really liked working in Indian Higher Education and began to seek out jobs in that area. I wound up working for my home reservation’s tribal college for 13 years. While working there, I not only moved up the latter professionally, I also earned my Master’s Degree and started on my Doctorate. I continued my Doctoral Studies while working at Northwest Indian College and at the University of Minnesota Morris.
It is my great honor and privilege to be President of an institution like Leech Lake Tribal College and help provide the direction and leadership to an amazing group of staff and faculty so that our students can succeed.

Ed.D., Leadership in Higher Education, Capella University, In Progress: Expected Completion, 2019
M. Ed. Leadership in Higher Education Capella University, 2011
B.A. Comparative Religions Dartmouth College, 1986

Research & Experience :
University of Minnesota Morris – Native American Student Success Program Director
Northwest Indian College – Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College – President, Dean of Students, Director of Financial Aid

Member: American Indian Advisory Committee, University of Minnesota Morris
Member: Alumni Council, Dartmouth College
Member: Board of Directors, American Indian Higher Education Consortium