When Presidents’ Day was celebrated Monday, many did it with a day off and reminders of great men who came before us.
By Paula Quam
The Ojibwa Indians on White Earth Reservation are hoping to change that, as they marked the first ever Chiefs’ Day on Wednesday.
Over 200 people filled the White Earth Community Center for a four-hour celebration of chiefs and ancestors.
He says he wanted to begin a new tradition for the Ojibwa people, which can help instill a sense of history and pride, particularly among their Native youth in Minnesota.
“If we can convey to these young people that hey, it was more than just George Washington, Abe Lincoln or Governor Ramsey, there were chiefs who were involved with setting up treaties that make Minnesota even legal to exist the way it does today,” he says.
For more on the subject, see Happy Presidents Day 2011!