Overhaul for White Oak and Palace Casinos announced at Leech Lake State of the Band
WALKER—In keeping with the "Past, Present and Future" theme of the 2015 Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe State of the Band address, a young woman took to the podium and spoke to the crowd in the tribe's indigenous language, Ojibwemowin. NaKaya Losh, 12, tied together past traditional teachings with present practices and future hopes.
"I will continue to fight for our language because it is so important on so many different levels," Losh said in English after her speech. "We need to do everything we can to make sure of its survival ...This culture and this language can teach you things the books can't."
Following Losh's speech, event emcee Roger Aitken told the crowd Losh's great-grandfather, Johnny Mitchell, was a pioneer of and teacher at the Niigaane school where Losh would later practice Ojibwemowin. Losh has testified on preservation of the Ojibwe language at the Minnesota state capitol for state funding at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School.