Saturday, October 11, 2008

Slice-of-Life / Land Dispute

The quote in the excerpt above is from the journal of a real-life, anonymous fur trader who worked in the Pembina/St. Vincent area, a little "slice-of-life" from 200 years ago.

The person mentioned in the quote named [Thomas] Little Shell was a chief of the major tribe in our region, the Ojibwa. What's really interesting, is that after Little Shell signed the Treaty of Old Crossing, he never again was willing to cede more of his tribe's land; what other land the United States has of theirs, was taken illegally, and is considered Ojibwa land by the tribe, to this day...