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Tragedy at Red Lake: New search delays school reopening

An update on the latest developments involving the March 21, 2005, fatal shootings on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota.

Star Tribune: Red Lake School Shootings
Pioneer Press: Red Lake shooting
The Red Lake High School was the subject of a search on Thursday after the FBI received "uncorroborated intelligence" of a gun on the premises, according to news reports. The search went well into the night but no gun was found.

Tom Heffelfinger, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, said there was no indication that the gun, if it exists, was planted after the shootings. "What is important is that this information, which I will not discuss, came up as part of our continuing investigation of the events of March 21," Heffelfinger was quoted as saying. "This is not based on some information that something might've been introduced into the school after March 21. This is part of what we are learning happened in that school on or about that date."

Classes were set to resume on Monday, three weeks after the deadly shootings that left eight dead at the high school campus in addition to two more on the reservation. A healing circle and open house were to be held today.

But the ceremony will instead occur on Monday and students will be allowed inside to retrieve personal belongings. There will be classes on Tuesday, but only for a half-day.

When the school reopens, armed officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs will be stationed temporarily at the buildings. But since the school is a public school and not in the BIA system, the tribe, or the state, will have to find a way to hire a permanent security force.

School restart delayed in Red Lake (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 4/8) pwlat
Red Lake reopening delayed (The St. Paul Pioneer Press 4/8) pw1
RED LAKE SHOOTINGS: FBI searches school for gun (The Grand Forks Herald 4/8)

Donations for the victims and their families can be sent to:
Red Lake Nation Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 574
Red Lake, Minnesota 56671
How to help the Red Lake people (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 3/27)

Relevant Links:
Red Lake Net News -
Red Lake Nation -
Red Lake High School -