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'We're Still Here' event held in Paul Bunyan Park

Racial justice, environmental protection and treaty rights were the focus of a "We're Still Here" event held Tuesday in Paul Bunyan Park


Timberland Drum plays during a "We're Still Here" demonstration on April 6, 2021, in Paul Bunyan Park. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- The RISE Coalition and the Indigenous Environmental Network hosted a community round dance on Tuesday, April 6, in Paul Bunyan Park to speak for racial justice, environmental protection and treaty rights.

The "We're Still Here" event featured dancing, speakers and local drum groups.

"What honestly brings us here today, in a good way, is that our words continue to fall on deaf ears," said Nancy Beaulieu, of MN350, at the Lake Bemidji waterfront.

Demonstrators hold up flags and a sign on April 6, 2021, while cars pass on Paul Bunyan Drive. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)


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