Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
Leah feels that her job is that of a mediator in helping to work with tribes and returning sacred objects to those Tribes. Leah shares that some people from Tribes, were suspicious of her during initial contact in efforts to identify and goes on to describing some of the sensitivity involved with the handling of those items. Leah feels that museums need to listen and take more seriously what the Tribes say and feel about sacred items that those museums have in their possession and to work with Tribes in possible repatriation of those items as appropriate.
Writer, and Native American from Leach Lake Reservation, David Treuer, last year published “Rez Life,” an important work on many levels. David Treuer is the author of three novels. With one previously published collection of essays, “Rez Life” is his first full length work of non-fiction; and was recently released in paperback. In the book, Treuer addresses tough and controversial subjects
like treaty rights and relations with non-Indians; and the corruption and shortcomings of tribal governments and leadership. He skillfully weaves valuable historical data into narratives that tie the large historical and legal issues he writes about to the lives of contemporary Indians living in Minnesota. David Treuer appeared at the Cass Lake Library last in February of 2012 to talk about, and read passages from “Rez Life.” This piece is comprised of highlights from the event.