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Published March 22, 2010, 09:33 AM

Red Lake School Shooting

It'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

Minnesota.

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

vandalism.

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.

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