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Council celebrates Native American heritage


November 19, 2021

Jana Peterson

Cloquet City Council members welcomed a drum circle from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to the meeting Tuesday, as part of honoring Native American Awareness month.

A booming drum ceremony filled the meeting room at Cloquet city hall Tuesday as the city council and mayor acknowledged National Native American Heritage Month. Council member Lyz Jaakola, who represents Ward 5, which overlaps part of the Fond du Lac reservation, said it's constructive to have a month to encourage reflection on indigenous people, although the community thinks about its culture and issues every day of the year. She said she's encouraged by "hopeful discussions" across the country signaling better relationships with native people.

Jaakola and fellow council member Sheila Lamb...

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