February 18, 2019 11:21 AM
Tribal leaders from across Minnesota gathered together Monday for what they are calling a "historic event" - to stand up for their sovereign nations.
Tribal leaders told KSTP the event Monday is the first time they have done something on such a large scale at the state capitol.
Leaders gathered in the House chamber to share their history and culture with lawmakers.
The event began with a drum procession and tribal leaders from all 11 federally-recognized sovereign nations in Minnesota shared their stories and worked to educate state representatives.
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Leaders told KSTP American history has not always been kind to their people but said they are hoping state leaders will work with them toward a brighter future.
"I hope everyone understands the true meaning of sovereignty," Shelley Buck, with the Prairie Island Indian Community, said. "It wasn't something that was given to us tribes; we had it before anyone stepped foot on this continent."
After the opening presentations, a panel discussion was scheduled during which tribal leaders planned to address issues their nations are facing in Minnesota.
Alex Jokich & Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: February 18, 2019 11:21 AM
Created: February 18, 2019 10:13 AM
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