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Leech Lake Tribal flags to be installed in Grand Rapids

Area residents are invited to attend the installation of two Leech Lake Tribal flags in Grand Rapids Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The first flag raising ceremony will be held at the Itasca County Courthouse, 123 Fourth St. N.E. at 10 a.m. followed by a procession to the second ceremony and flag raising at 11:15 a.m. at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce/Depot Commons, 1 Third St. N.E.

In February, 2008, a joint powers agreement was signed between the Leech Lake Tribal Court and the District Court of the Ninth Judicial District. At that time, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe flag was installed as a “Legacy of Hope” inside the Itasca County Courthouse.

The flag installations build on this Legacy of Hope, as a visible symbol in support of the vision that the Grand Rapids area is experienced as a welcoming place for native people, for all people, of all ages to live, visit, attend school, work and shop. It is a next step in building bridges from our shared past to our shared future.

The courthouse ceremony will feature a spiritual program by Mike Smith, Leech Lake tribal and spiritual leader; a Flag Song by the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig Silver Eagle Drum Group; presentation of the Leech Lake Tribal flag by Carri Jones, Leech Lake chairwoman; and presentation of Colors and flag installation by the Leech Lake and Grand Rapids Color Guards. Speakers at this ceremony will include Ninth District Court Judges the Honorable Korey Wahwassuck, Jon Maturi and Lois Lang.

Following the completion of the flag installation at the courthouse, participants are invited to walk to the nearby Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce/Depot Commons for the second ceremony. This program will include an Honor Song by the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig Silver Drum Group, presentation of the flag by Chairwoman Jones and presentation of Colors and installation by the Leech Lake and Grand Rapids Color Guards. Remarks will be made by Dale Adams, Grand Rapids mayor; Robbie Howe, Leech Lake Tribal Council District 1 representative and Bud Stone, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce president.

The public is invited to enjoy a light lunch and refreshments at the Chamber following the ceremony.

For more information, contact Bud Stone, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 472-6366.


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