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Blue Water

Board of Directors

Schedule of Board of Director Meetings
2023-2024 School Year

Board meetings will be held the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm in person and via Zoom

Meeting Location:
Endazhi-Nitaawiging Charter School

2065 HWY 1 West

Red Lake MN 56671

Zoom link for meeting

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Next Special Board Meeting Announcement

None Scheduled

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Notice of Board Working Session

When: February 10, 2024 at 9:00AM.

Location: Endazhi-Nitaawiging in the


(elders room)

Our Leadership
Founders & Board of Directors

Visionary, Dedicated Leadership

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Elizabeth White is from the Red Lake community and has family ties throughout all four Red Lake communities. She is a Red Lake Band member and is Co-Founder of Waasabiik Ojibwemotaadiwin Immersion Program in Red Lake. She is currently the Communications Specialist for Oshkiimaajitahdah. She completed her coursework towards Early Childhood Education from Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, MN. She has been serving the Red Lake community in many capacities surrounding language and culture, and community outreach for several Red Lake projects.



Alex Kmett


Alex is a Red Lake Band member whose grandmother was originally from Ponemah, MN on Red Lake Nation. He holds a Master of Arts in Indigenous Education at Arizona State University, where he was awarded the Eagle Spirit Award from the Heard Museum. He has taught at University of Minnesota Morris and Fond du Lac Tribal Community College. He is a longtime collaborator at Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang Immersion Academy, and is a co-founding parent of the Gookonaanig Endaawaad language nest. As a father, he raises his children to be first language speakers of Ojibwe.


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Naomi Long


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Naomi Long is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Naomi holds an A.A.S in Child Development, Care, and Guidance from the Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN.  In addition, she holds 19+ certifications in relation to Child Development and advocating for families striving to live a positive traditional Ojibwe lifestyle. She is an active participant in traditional ceremonies both in Red Lake and in neighboring Ojibwe communities.





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Jeffery Lagou is from the Littlerock community in Red Lake. He is an advocate for children with disabilities both locally and statewide. He is the Co-founder of Red Lake Jiu-Jitzu and has invested his time for positive community youth initiatives and is active in language and cultural lifeways: fishing Camp, Maple Sugar Camp, gathering medicines, ceremonies, sweat lodge, beading and regalia making for summer pow wow dances.


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Hieu Hguyen

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Board Member/Chairwoman

Rochelle Johnson is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bemidji State University, a sixth year degree from St. Cloud State University, and her doctoral ABD from the University of North Dakota.

Rochelle has 29 years of educational experience working in Minnesota schools. Her work includes elementary classroom teaching, on-line graduate instructor, and 15 years of school administration.  She has a strong belief in education and is committed to providing educational opportunities for underserved populations, such as those of the Red Lake Nation and others in our Native and northern rural communities.

Board of Directors: Staff
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