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Welcome to our School

The Cass Lake-Bena Schools are located on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and proudly serves a student population rich in Ojibwe culture and history. The student body is comprised of 90% American Indian students. Indian studies classes in language, history, and culture are offered to all students in all grades.

Cass Lake-Bena School District Referendum not approved by Voters

The $37.8 million bond referendum question on the November 7 ballot for the Cass Lake-Bena School District was not approved by voters. Results are available here. The bond referendum requested funding for facility improvements throughout the district to address overcrowding at the elementary school among other issues. Since voters did not approve the referendum question, the district will continue its current operations and work with the school board to reevaluate how to temporarily address issues that would have been resolved by the referendum’s approval. To learn more, visit the referendum section of the website (found under district).

Bena City Hall

  • Polling Place YES - 9
  • Polling Place NO - 35
  • Absentee YES - 0
  • Absentee No - 16

Pike Bay Town Hall

  • Polling Place YES - 127
  • Polling Place NO - 378
  • Absentee YES - 8
  • Absentee No - 13

Total Voting Count

  • YES - 144
  • NO - 442

Schools include:
  1. Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School, grades Preschool - 4th
      * All day every day Kindergarten, with a 2 year option
  2. Cass Lake Middle School, grades 5 - 8
  3. Cass Lake-Bena High School, grades 9 - 12
  4. Area Learning Center, grades 7 - 12 alternative education programs

All schools include:
  1. Special education services on site, with additional services available through Bemidji Regional Inter-District Council for special education
  2. In-school small group instruction and after school tutoring programs
  3. Research-based education methods, including project based learning and grade-specific initiatives
  4. Cooperative efforts with Leech Lake Tribal College, Bemidji State University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Montana
  5. Wide variety of activities including sports and arts
  6. Student support services: on-site counseling, home-school advocates, School Social Worker and School Resource Officer