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Grand Portage Band and MnDOT to unveil Ojibwe-English road signs

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are unveiling six dual-language English-Ojibwe signs along Highway 61 later this week in far northeastern Minnesota, to mark river crossings and the reservation boundary.

Three of the river signs are outside the Grand Portage reservation, between the tribal community and the city of Grand Marais. It’s the first time MnDOT will post signs in an Indigenous language outside reservation boundaries.

“It’s definitely a positive first step in recognizing the connection that we have not just to reservation lands but throughout ceded territory,” said Erik Redix, Ojibwe language coordinator for the Grand Portage Band. “And that recognition really benefits not just Indian people, but it benefits everybody.”


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