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Wayne Plume creates dozens of simple white crosses as grave markers.  These carry the names and dates of the deceased in the six cemeteries of the Blood people, located on their vast reserve in southern Alberta. Their culture was centuries old before the first pioneers arrived and the cemeteries represent but a few pages of their memory. Many early graves were unmarked due to the rash of deaths from epidemics during the late 1800s.  Lethbridge Herald writer Garry Allison tells the story of Mr. Plume and the challenge of keeping the memory of the Blood people alive in these cemeteries. 

In 1986, the Blood Tribe Education Committee founded Red Crow Community College.  Initially an adult education center with high school and university courses, the College has expanded its programs to become the first tribal college in Canada.  Located on the grounds of the former St. Mary's Residential School near Cardston, Red Crow Community College is key to maintaining the integrity of the Blood people while facing the challenges of the future.
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