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Take Back the Night Rally: Sexual Assault is NOT an Ojibwe Tradition

Red Lake will host a Take Back the Night Rally October 22 to combat domestic violence against Native American women.

Violence against women was imported, it is not an Ojibwe tradition. Our tradition was one of respect for women and their sacred role in life giving. Social pressure, tradition, and respect prohibited such behavior. Remember those who have died before offering your tobacco.

"We are doing violence to ourselves now. They have left us alone. Those who brought the violence to us are living their lives. This is the purpose of our ceremony, we are raising our voice against this violence, this hideous violence and resentment. Remember your mothers, your daughters, cousins, sisters, aunties… remember. Rely on tobacco and the drum.” —Chi-Ma’iingan (Larry Stillday) 2013 Take Back the Night, Ponemah

Sponsored by Equay Wiigamig (Women’s Shelter) of Red Lake, concerned citizens will participate in Take Back the Night events at Red Lake Seven Clans Casino on Wednesday, October 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.

A light dinner and refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. followed by a balloon release at 8 p.m.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information: Call Red Lake Equay Wiigamig (Women’s Shelter) at 218-679-3443.

Cherokee Nation

Northeastern Tribal Health System’s new facility was a collaborative effort between eight Native American tribes and was led by Cherokee Nation citizen Kim Chuculate.