Fire Tower by the Red Lake Agency adds holiday cheer courtesy of: Ombimindwaa Gidinawemaaganinaadog
December 18, 2020
December 17, 2020 - Starting on Friday, December 18th (due to shipping delays) the fire tower by the Red Lake Agency building will have some added holiday cheer courtesy of: Ombimindwaa Gidinawemaaganinaadog which translates to: UPLIFTING OUR RELATIVES, a tribal program formerly known as: Red Lake Family & Children's Services.
Ombimindwaa Gidinawemaaganinaadog hired NLFX Professional to install the lights which will run from 5 pm - 11 pm and 5 am - 7 am through February.
While adding the lights the crew ran across a little history of the fire tower where they observed several signatures, one in particular was at the top of the tower, Clyde N. Perkins, August 1, 1940.
Red Lake Archeologist, Kade Ferris, who estimated the fire tower was constructed during the WPA era CCC most likely between 1933-1937. There were a series of photos taken by the Red Lake Agency between 1937-1941 which included many photos of Red Lake and a film was produced following WW2 showing life in Red Lake.
With COVID-19 upon us, with the usual holiday parties are on hold, this was Ombimindwaa Gidinawemaaganinaadog's alternative way to add holiday cheer to the community.