Northland was founded with a unique ideal to fulfill the educational aspirations of both local immigrants and Native Americans—particularly the Ojibwe bands in the Lake Superior region. With Bad River, Red Cliff, and Lac Courte Oreilles tribes located within fifty miles of the campus, the College’s relationship and commitment has only deepened through our long history.
In 1927, the Bad River community entrusted the College with a sacred Spirit Stone, used both in rites of passage and in traditional religious ceremonies. The Stone was given to the College for safekeeping and prominently displayed on campus for many years. In 1932, the Bad River Band adopted the College’s second president, Dr. J.D. Brownell, as a full member.