New hereditary chief is sworn in at Red Lake Tribal Council meeting
Red Lake - New hereditary chief sworn in at tribal council
Darwin Sumner took his place as one of the Red Lake Nation's seven hereditary chiefs Tuesday.
Sumner was sworn in at the March 8 meeting of the Red Lake Tribal Council as his family and fellow tribal chiefs looked on, accompanied by a hand-drum honor song. He succeeds his father, John Sumner, who died in December.
Hereditary chiefs serve for life and advise the tribe's 11-member elected tribal council, particularly on cultural issues. Sumner, an avid fisherman, works as a youth fishing coordinator.
"Fishing is a part of our culture and a way of life in Red Lake," Sumner said in a statement. Several Red Lake youth have gone on to compete in state and national fishing tournaments. "We feel that exposure and experience in fishing will have a positive effect on our youth and we are proud of them."