Fred Kiogima: “Guest commentary — Tribe’s lawsuit is not about taking property”

In the Petoskey News-Review here.

An excerpt:

In closing, Mr. Carlson, as you are a former mayor of Petoskey and a contributing columnist for the Petoskey News-Review, you should be well aware that facts are the most important detail. Mr. Carlson, I can assure you that the Odawa are a resilient people. We have been here for tens of thousands of years. We are Anishinaabek (the original people). Our language is Anishinaabemowin and we strive every day to not forget who we are and pass it on to our binoojiinhak (children).

As Americans, we have just witnessed a divisive and racially charged presidential election. We in Northern Michigan should strive to be more neighborly, inclusive and understanding of each other. We work together, pray together, suffer together, our children even play together. The Odawa language is taught in high school and at North Central Michigan College.

Yes, we are family, and if we all strive to be good and better neighbors, listen and learn from one another without judgment, then we all win.

Mino-biimadziwin. 

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