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Band calls for burial protections

Gathering last week capped cemetery saga that began in 2017

The tribal chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa called for new protections for Native American burial grounds during a community gathering last week.

Speaking alongside the St. Louis River, near a site where burial grounds were disturbed by a state highway project in 2017, Kevin Dupuis was joined by a crowd of more than 125 mostly Indigenous people in the Fond du Lac neighborhood in Duluth on Friday, Sept. 30.

Every day in North America, sacred grounds are desecrated somewhere, Dupuis said.

"New laws, new regulat...