Red Lake Nation

Maybe "prophet" is too strong a word to describe Larry Stillday.

Maybe "prescient" is a better one.

When Larry Stillday died in May of 2014, he left behind a legacy as a spiritual teacher.  Michael Meuers, a non-Native who worked for the Red Lake Band for over 20 years, found Stillday so poetic he just started writing down the things he said.

And at this time in history, Meuers says, Stillday's teachings, especially about the need to assimilate more with the "culture of the land," are even more important.

This Week on Minnesota Native News, we recognized the 50th anniversary of the historic tribal boycott of businesses in Bemidji, Minnesota.  In 1966, leaders at the Red Lake Reservation led a boycott after inflammatory remarks were made publicly in a radio broadcast.  Catch Minnesota Native News on KUMD on Sunday mornings at 7am and Monday afternoons at 4pm. 

Minnesota Native News is compiled and created by Ampers: Diverse Radio for Minnesota Communities, an umbrella group for independent, public, educational and tribal radio stations in Minnesota.

For much of history, its accounts have been written by men - white men - for men.

So only one voice was heard and only part of the story was told.

In this history of the Red Lake Nation, commissioned by Red Lake band itself, author/historian/Ojibwe linguist Anton Treuer draws on material from the Red Lake archives, made available for the first time.

It's not only history from another voice, telling another part of the story - "We are much more than  the sum of our tragedies" says Treuer -  it's an entirely new way to think about the research and writing of history.