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The White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen. DL NEWSPAPERS/Paula Quam

New tribal college president has extensive experience

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Terry Janis, the new president of the White Earth Tribal College, grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

“I grew up riding horses and running around and being free,” he said fondly of his childhood on Pine Ridge. There were difficulties there, he says, but also a lot of beauty.


After high school he went on to Macalester College in St. Paul where he earned degrees in anthropology and pre-law.

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