Augsburg University held its annual American Indian Graduation Event May 4, and seven of the 99 students honored were Mille Lacs Band members:
– Michele Berger, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, associate of arts in sociology
– Alicia De La Cruz (Dorr), Minneapolis Community and Technical College, associate of science in business management, associate of fine arts in visual arts, and certificate in Indian studies
– Tammy Thomas, North Hennepin Community College, associate of science in criminal justice
– Sara Janie Waite (Miller), North Hennepin Community College, associate of arts in liberal arts
– Tara Robertson, Metropolitan State University, bachelor of science in nursing
– Arielle Shaw, Augsburg University, master of arts in leadership
– Leah Lemm (Premo), Institute of American Indian Arts, master of fine arts in creative writing-poetry
Master of ceremonies Neil McKay, Cantemaza, Dakota Language Specialist from the University of Minnesota, gave the invocation, RedBone Singers played two honor songs, and the keynote speaker was the Honorable Anne McKeig, White Earth, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court.
Photo: Tara Robertson celebrated graduation with her brother Aarik at Augsburg University's American Indian Graduation Event May 4.