Good day, readers. How about that rain? I should seriously invest in a rain barrel. It would have no problem getting full.
The summer food program started June 15 and will continue into August. Meal time is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will pick up youth who would like to go. It is within walking distance for quite a few youth, though.
On June 12 the fishing pier dedication was held at the old Onigum marina site. Carrie Jones, Leroy Fairbanks and Archie Larose were all present and said some good things about my father and great hopes that the pier will be used in the right way. Rich Robinson, DRM Director, John Ringle and Farris Jackson also talked about the need for something for families and they hope that a place to fish or spend time with one another will help bring good, positive beginnings to our community.
Mee-gwitch to all who helped put the event together; Jay and Jim and yes, of course, Gil and his music machine; for DRM staff who did the cooking and also to the Leech Lake Public Relations for helping us out. It was a perfect day, wonderful weather and a great way to spend the day. Thanks to Leech Lake Tribal Police for bringing boats to give rides to willing participants and also to Rib, thank you, Onigum Ambassador. It is always so nice to hear the different stories from people who knew our dad. He treated people with great respect and had countless friends.
I attended my very first Wisdom Steps Conference June 9-11 at Black Bear Casino. It was the 15th annual and was very well attended. Ten different reservations were represented: White Earth, Upper and Lower Sioux, Mille Lacs, Grand Portage, Prairie Island, Red Lake, Bois Forte, Leech Lake and Fond du Lac. Some of the workshops included native plant remedies, current substance trends, traditional teachings and historical trauma, to name a few.
Fun night was held Tuesday. Ojibwe and Dakota hymn singers, comedian Kevin Walsh and fun hats with Jean Beaulieu were open activities. It was a wonderful time, especially spending time with the elders. So much peace, wisdom and knowledge. I was honored to be among them and to laugh and joke. I am looking forward to next year; it ill be held in Hinckley.
Apache Thompson and Monica Oothoudt are on a weeklong leadership conference in Minneapolis with Lindsey McMurrin. I am sure they will fill me in when they get back.
We went to Jurassic World Saturday. That was a great movie!
Also Saturday, we held a First Aid/CPR class at the Onigum Center. The people who were interested in being part of the Powwow Security were supposed to take the class, but only four showed up. Teresa Gunther is going to reschedule the class. We are making this mandatory for Security. All other communities are doing the same. We need to know what to do when someone gets sick and needs help.