A group of young men from the Leech Lake Reservation performed an honor song, written for the 2014 Capitol Christmas tree, as it left Bemidji, Minnesota. The tree was cut down on October 29 and will make its way to the Capitol by November 20.
According to the Facebook post by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the song is meant to honor the life of the tree, and to respect its gift of life.
“At a young age you are taught to respect life, nature, and your surroundings, and to only take what is needed,” says the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Facebook post. “With this gift of the tree we are able to share the beauty of the land with the nation and to build and strengthen relationships with our neighbors.”