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For Sale:  1993 Ford ¾ ton pick-up.  The engine doesn’t run and it needs body work and tires.  If interested please stop by the Bug O Nay Ge Shig School and take a look at it.  We are accepting bids on this vehicle.  If interested please contact the Transportation Director at 218-665-3009 and/or submit a dollar amount bid on the truck to our business office in a sealed envelope.  Please leave your name, phone number and address on or inside the envelope on where we can get ahold of you should your bid be the highest.  We will close the bidding process effective June 27, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.


The Dental Staff are here at the school.  They can do almost any type of dental work, except extractions.  There are forms on the right side that can be printed out and returned, so students can have access to these services.      




Cheyenne Clark and T.J. Warner  went through a rigorous Shotokan Karate test at the Bemidji Dojo, conducted by Sensai Yaguchi, an 81 year old karate master who is one of the few 9th degree black belts in the world.  

They have been in training through our after-school classes and their efforts paid off.  They both successfully completed the tests and both earned their orange belts.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 School Royalty:
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Ava Losh                Jr. Princess
Tyren Headbird      Jr. Brave
Nakaya Losh          Sr. Princess
Reidel Baird           Sr. Brave

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A Honor Roll (9-12)                     B Honor Roll (7-8)

Sierra Goggleye                           Eugene Howard
Erica Graves                                Dean Jourdain
Teisha Rivas                                Kyra Keezer
Nindonis Robinson
                                Ben Smith
                                                  Stuart Smith
B Honor Roll (9-12)                          Toni Leigh Smith
                                                                      Hailey White
James Bedeau
Anthony Gale
Alexis Graves
Ryanne Jenkins
Michael LaFriniere
Miranda Northbird
Marissa Oothoudt
Steven Rabbit
Tyler Randberg
Chaskae Roper
Angelo Smith
Mayanah Stone
Jessey Wakonabo
Terrance Warner
Terrance White
Chyanne Wilson

Welcome to Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School!

Welcome to Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School– home to the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School Silver Eagles.

Bug O Nay Ge Shig School was founded in 1975 in Cass Lake, Minnesota as an alternative school to serve 35 Ojibwe students from Leech Lake Reservation. The school was started in response to parents’ concerns that public schools were not meeting the students academic and cultural needs.

The school was named in honor of Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig (Hole in the Day), a local Ojibwe who lived in that area at the turn of the century. As Eddie Benton Banai shared at the school’s naming ceremony, “he fought for our land, he fought for our people, but uppermost, he fought for the future of our children.”

From humble beginnings, the Bug O Nay Ge Shig School has matured into a fully accredited educational program. Since that time, the school has transformed its role into a magnet school which serves Native American students living on or near Leech Lake Reservation. After 25+ years, the Bug O Nay Ge Shig School now serves more than 200 students of various tribal backgrounds.

It is operated by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and governed by the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school board. It is located in the Chippewa National Forest in North central Minnesota and is now a K-12 school that provides open enrollment.

The mission of the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School is to provide quality education and promote healthy community through lifelong learners.


  • Attain reading, math and science proficiency
  • Attain 95% attendance
  • Produce fluent Ojibwe speakers
  • Promote cultural integration
  • Promote wellness
  • Increase post secondary options


  • Love, Respect, Wisdom, Humility, Bravery, Honesty, Truth


  • Fall 1975: LIEC negotiations with Cass Lake School board break down over proposed development of an Alternative Program. The LIEC sponsors the walk out of 70 students from Cass Lake schools. Alternative program starts out with 2 teachers and 35 students grades 7-12 in the Teen Center.
  • Spring 1976: Naming Ceremony held for school.
  • Winter 1977: School shifted to a BIA contract school instead of an independent Alternative Program of Cass Lake Schools and moves to the Bald Eagle Center and expanded to elementary students.
  • Spring 1980: Accredititation from Minnesota Non-public School Association in grades K-12, with about 150 students enrolled.
  • Fall 1984: School is relocated to its new permanent site in the forest outside of Bena
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