Tribal license plates aim to raise awareness


December 23, 2022

Brady Slater

Roger Smith Sr. and Kevin Dupuis, members of the Fond du Lac Tribal Council, display the first license plates issued to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives.

Fond du Lac Band registrar Annette Himango knew the stakes.

"This is going to be big," Himango said. "The impact is going to be huge."

On Tuesday, the fruits of her labor and that of many others from the Fond du Lac and Bois Forte bands of Chippewa were revealed in the form of specialized license plates aimed at raising awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives.

The ceremony to unveil the plates at Black Bear Casino in Carlton featured a host of speakers, and folks in the audience, like Himango, who were able to do what the Minnesota State Legislature could not despite e...

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