Margaret Schlender: Walking from Rez to Rez

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
Mole Lake, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)

Back in the late nineteen nineties, when she was ten or eleven years old, Margaret Schlender from Lac Courte Oreilles walked on the Mikwendaagoziwag run from Sandy Lake back to Madeline Island.  It was early December, cold and blustery.

The Mikwendaagoziwag journey commemorated the 1850 Ojibwe death march when more than four hundred people died in early winter returning home after the US government delayed annuity payments to the tribes gathered at Sandy Lake, Minnesota.

The Sandy Lake tragedy solidified the people in their resolve to not remove from their homelands.

"We're making lots of new friends along the way."

This July 2009 the weather for the Healing Circle run/walk between eight Ojibwe reserves  is much warmer with a light northwesterly wind

Now, Margaret Schlender, who has become a woman, is helping her mother Agnes "Punkin" Fleming with pipe and water ceremonies.

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