Franken Announces $12M to Fix School on Leech lake Reservation
Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced Tuesday that the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School on the Leech Lake Reservation will receive $12 million for repairs and improvements.
Franken is a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and has fought for years to fix and improve the school.
The funding for the repairs will come from the Department of Interior’s Facility Component Replacement Program, which is being funded for the first time in half a decade.
According a news release, the school is leaking and crumbling, and has a sewer problem, forcing students to breathe in moldy air.
“Students at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School in northern Minnesota have faced horrendous conditions in their classrooms for years, and while it took far too long to get this done, I’m glad I can finally deliver them some good news: we are going to help fix your school,” said Franken.
Ten Bureau of Indian Education schools were chosen nationally to undergo renovations.
U.S. Representative Rick Nolan released a statement regarding the funding saying the following:
“I am gratified and delighted that the Leech Lake Reservation in my Congressional district has been chosen to receive funding from the recent omnibus funding bill to begin the process of replacing the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School, which is currently a dangerous and dilapidated pole barn building,” Nolan said. “We have been fighting tooth and nail to bring national attention to this crisis because no child should be forced to endure deteriorating school rooms to get an education. This is real and tangible progress in our fight to send the message to our students in Indian Country that their education and their success in life are important to all of us.”