1863 Old Crossing Treaty celebration and gathering set for Oct. 1-2
The Seventh Generation Celebration will discuss the history of the 11 million acres of land ceded in the 1863 Old Crossing Treaty, so named for the thousands of oxcarts that traveled through this area.
RED LAKE — It has almost been 160 years since the Treaty of 1863, an agreement between the U.S. government and the chiefs of the Red Lake and Pembina bands in Northern Minnesota.
The chiefs ceded 11 million acres of land to the United States in this treaty signed Oct. 2, 1863, at the Old Crossing on the Red Lake.
The Seventh Generation Celebration will be Oct. 1-2, in celebration and commemoration of the treaty. The event will include a flag raising, social dancing and discussions about the rights, responsibilities and obligations reserved by the Ojibwe in the treaty negotiations.
“The history of the land, the treaty, current status of treaty reserved right to hunt, fish and gather in the ceded lands, environmental issues, cultural obligations and protocol, water quality, eco-cultural pathways restoration and more will be discussed,” stated the news release.
The event, hosted by Ganawenindidaa, or Let’s Take Care of Each Other, will provide primitive camping, food and limited hotel rooms for elders and the disabled.
“We sincerely want to hear from many on their hopes for healthy, safe and sustainable opportunities for future generations of the Red Lake and Pembina Bands of Ojibwe and all other human and non-human relatives with whom we share the 1863 ceded landscape,” stated Robert Shimek, one of the event organizers.
“We hope to see you there; this is an important event for all. We are the Seventh Generation of caretakers of this land,” he added.
For more information, text or call 218-204-1632 or contact event organizers by email.