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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe flag installations builds on a "Legacy of Hope" and signals a welcoming Grand Rapids for all people

GRAND RAPIDS, MINNESOTA — In February, 2008, a joint powers agreement was signed between the Leech Lake Tribal Court and the District Court of the 9th Judicial District to exercise jurisdiction simultaneously. To mark the occasion, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) flag was installed as a "Legacy of Hope" inside the Itasca County Courthouse. On September 12, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe flag will be installed in two other locations in Grand Rapids. These flag installations are public events that build on this Legacy of Hope, as a next step in bridging our shared past to our shared future and support of the vision that the Grand Rapids area is experienced as a welcoming place for all people, of all ages to live, visit, attend school, work and shop. Sponsoring organizations believe this to be the first native flag raising ceremony in a non-reservation community to take place in Minnesota.

WHAT: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe flag Installation Ceremonies

WHEN: 10 am Itasca County Courthouse;

Approx. 11:15 am Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce / Depot.

Light lunch follows

WHERE: Front lawn, Itasca County Courthouse, 123 N.E. 4th Street [parking located on the east side of the building]

Outside, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce/Depot Commons, 1, NW 3rd Street Chamber [small parking lot west of the building then off-street]

WHO: Remarks by LLBO Tribal Chairwoman Carri Jones and Tribal Council member Robbie Howe, representatives from Senators Kloubuchar and Franken and Governor Dayton; Grand Rapids Mayor Dale Adams; 9th Judicial Court Judges Lang, Muturi and Wahwassuck and Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce President Bud Stone.

Sponsored by the Circle of Healing, Leech Lake Tribal Council, Itasca County, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce/ Depot Commons and the Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission

Please note: Both installations will take place outside with no power available for media use

10 am Itasca County Courthouse

Welcome Prof. Larry Aitken, LLBO Tribal Historian; Master of Ceremonies

Spiritual Ceremony Mike Smith, Leech Lake Elder and Spiritual Leader (no video/photography please)

Interpretation Prof. Larry Aitken

Flag Song Bug O Nay Ge Shig Silver Eagle Drum Group

Flag Presentation Leech Lake Chairwoman, Carri Jones

Presenting Colors Leech Lake and Grand Rapids Color Guards

Remarks

Jerry Fallos representing Senator Amy Kloubuchar

Peter Makowski, representing Senator Al Franken

Commissioner Tom Roy, representing Governor Mark Dayton

The Honorable Itasca County District Court Judge Lois Lang

The Honorable Itasca County District Court Judge Jon Maturi

The Honorable Itasca County District Court Judge Korey Wahwassuck / Circle of Healing

Flag Installation Leech Lake and Grand Rapids Color Guards

Processional to Depot – led by Leech Lake and Grand Rapids Color Guards ~ 5th Street to 1st Ave; Crossing Hwy 2 at the stoplight

~ 11:15 start time at the Depot

Welcome Prof. Larry Aitken, LLBO Tribal Historian; Master of Ceremonies

Honor song Bug O Nay Ge Shig Silver Eagle Drum Group

Flag Presentation Leech Lake Chairwoman, Carri Jones

Presenting Colors Leech Lake and Grand Rapids Color Guards

Remarks

Robbie Howe, Leech Lake Tribal Council District 1 Representative

Dale Adams, Grand Rapids Mayor

Bud Stone, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce / Circle of Healing

Flag Installation Leech Lake and Grand Rapids Color Guards

The Circle of Healing is a group of native and non-native people in the Itasca area interested in shared learning and building cross-cultural relationships. The group focuses its efforts on increasing awareness about the impacts of Native American historical trauma, and supporting positive relationships between native and non-native communities for present and future generations.

 

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