Dozens of people turned out, including myself to witness a special ceremony tonight (Tuesday, Sept 3rd, 2019) during the Cloquet City Council meeting.
Members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa installed the Anshinaabe flag.
The presentation was followed by brief comments from FDL Chairman, Kevin Dupuis on this historic placement which symbolizes the ongoing relationship between the band and the city.
Two traditional songs were sung by members of the Cedar Creek Drummers, filling the chamber with their rhythmic beats and unique vocal stylings.
Nearly 11 percent of Cloquet's population is made up of American Indians.
With that in mind, a tribal member talked about the significance of the flag placement and urged council members in Ojibwe and in English to remember those citizens during their decision making process.
Mayor Roger Maki thanked Chairman Dupuis and the FDL members for the flag which now has a place of prominence in the local seat of government.
It is with great hope that tonight's ceremony signals continued good works between the city and the band on behalf of all of our friends and neighbors in Carlton County.