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Bemidji City Councilors have various perspectives when it comes to adding tribal flags at City Hall


The United States, Minnesota and city of Bemidji flags are placed behind the city council dais in the council chambers at Bemidji City Hall, as pictured during a political debate in 2017. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI -- In the past several years, attempts have been made by the city of Bemidji and other regional government units to better relationships with Native American nations in the area.

Steps in the past decade have ranged from adding Ojibwe language signs to government offices to recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in October.

During a work session on March 22, the Bemidji City Council discussed another idea to respect the intergovernmental relationships with local tribes. The proposal was to add the flags of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Red Lake Nation and the White Earth Nation to the Bemidji City Council Chambers at City Hall.


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