Bemidji is the central hub of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, White Earth Indian Reservation, and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. In 2010, the Sanford Center opened and has become the center of social, cultural and recreational events in Bemidji and the surrounding regional community. In 2015, community members organized the historic Bemijigamaag Powwow at the Sanford Center, attended by over 3,500 community members. The three Tribal Nations were involved, as well as city and state officials including Governor Mark Dayton, facilitating conversations between Native and non-Native community members as well as leaders of the tribes, city, and state. “These are all things that have been helping to build race relations in our community. That’s not to say that we’re done. It’s an on-going process,” reflects Mayor Albright.