Red Lake School ShootingIt's been five years since a school shooting shook the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) - It's been five years since a school
shooting shook the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwestern
Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. tells the Pioneer Press the
shooting still hurts, but the community decided it won't let the
tragedy define it.
On March 21, 2005, 16-year-old Jeffrey Weise killed his
grandfather and grandfather's companion, then went to Red Lake High
School and killed seven others before taking his own life.
Jourdain says there has been much progress since the shooting -
$15 million in stimulus money was spent on schools, housing and
road projects, and there has been a reduction in assaults and
But there are frustrations too.
Among them, a juvenile-detention facility built in 2005 is empty
after the Bureau of Indian Affairs balked at funding it. The band
has sued the BIA and trial is set for early April, but settlement
negotiations are under way.