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"The Red Road to DC" Totem Pole Contains Strong Messages of Survival


August 3, 2021

The "Red Road to DC" totem pole stopped at the Straits of Mackinac to bring attention to the danger of the Enbridge Line 5 that is buried under the waterway.. (Photo/Native News Online - Levi Rickert)

Last Tuesday, dozens of American Indians from Michigan tribes gathered on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac to see the "Red Road to DC" totem pole. It was the last official stop on its cross-country journey from the Lummi Nation, based in Bellingham, Wash. to Washington, D.C.

The totem pole was delayed Tuesday morning as it made its way across Michigan's Upper Peninsula en route to Mackinaw City, Mich. from Minnesota. Seeing the crowd and no totem pole in sight, people arriving wanted to know if they were at the right location and joined the growing crowd. As time went by, anticipation grew and suddenly, the totem pole appeared lying on a flatbed trailer behind a truck.


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