White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota


Doyle Turner was sworn in as tribal chairman and Kenneth Bivins took his oath as District III representative June 30 at ceremonies at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. "I heard a dream coming from you, and I felt I had become the keeper of the dream," Turner told more than 500 people attending. His dream, he said, is for better health, housing and security for the people. The former tribal judge who is a minister, said he is looking for a gentler time during his administration. The ceremony was a combination of Native and Christian rites. Spiritual Leader Joe Bush conducted a Pipe ceremony while Anishinaabeg prayers were said by traditionalist Earl Hoagland. Gov. Jesse Ventura included a visit to White Earth on his tour of northwestern Minnesota. He and tribal leaders discussed the need for more housing and economic development. Erma Vizenor, a council member, said the reservation faces a "mass exodus" without help. "It's really nice the governor comes to the reservation and talks with us and sits down and listened to the problems we have and the ideas we have," said the new chairman, the Rev. Doyle Turner. "I was very heartened by that. It means we will have a good relationship with the state." Ventura said the state was aware of White Earth's problems and would do what it can to help.