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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is located
in Cloquet, Minnesota, just off Interstate 35. The campus is
situated in a beautiful setting, a 38-acre former tree farm of
60-foot tall majestic red pines. The college sits on top of a
bluff overlooking Cloquet, a community of approximately 11,000
people. The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee offices
are approximately three miles away from the college. The Fond
du Lac Tribal and Community College campus is the product of
extensive consultation among tribal and civic leaders, business
people, educators, and students. This group defined their needs
and, with the help of a skilled architect, created a campus reflecting
the integrated cultures of the Northeastern Minnesota area.
symbolic concepts integrated in the design include: The sacred
circle and the wheel represented in the campus ring road, which
has its northerly slopes planted to represent the bear paw. Together,
the bear paw and the circle represent strength and protection.
The four directions and thecross are formed by the 90-foot-wide
clearing in themiddle of the campus. The70-foot-wide building
iscentered in the clearing. The four arms of the building represent
the four directions, an American Indian symbol representing greater
harmony in life. The four colors of the Fond du Lac Reservation
are red, black, white, and yellow. They are used on the four
exterior metal walls of the building, and are also representative
of the four directions: north, south, east and west.
of diversity is represented in the many different construction
materials visible throughout the academic building, and in the
varying sizes and shapes of the windows in the building. From
above, the thunderbird dominates the shape of the academic building.
Extensive use of large windows provides earth and sky views of
the outdoor environment, and represent the importance of having
a vision for the future. The building design combines straight
lines and circular elements to depict the college’s role
of bringing people from different backgrounds together in a safe,
respectful place for everyone. The circular amphitheater is topped
with a blue dome to represent the sky. Large floor-to- ceiling
windows separate the two halves, indoors and outdoors, of the
amphitheater circle. Floor tiles and carpeting in the amphitheater
area are green and brown to represent the earth.