Federal officials visit White Earth school

Although the Circle of Life Academy is currently closed to students for in-school learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the school opened its doors for Katharine MacGregor, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI) last Thursday.

Superintendent Jenna Leadbetter, right, demonstrates COLA’s Smart Bus to U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior Katharine MacGregor on Thursday, Oct. 15. COLA was selected to participate in a pilot program that outfits a school bus with wi-fi. Photo by Gary W. Padrta

COLA is a Bureau of Indian Education grant school, and offers a comprehensive K-12 culturally-based education programs to Native American students on or near the White Earth Reservation.

The tour included discussions around distance learning, food and transportation, COVID mitigation, Ojibwe language and culture revitalization and the need for broadband access.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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