RE: Broken Dreams - 8.6.03
Wednesday 13 August @ 11:49:50
I was immediately attracted to your cover story last week, thinking it is about time someone looks into the theft of Indigenous lands in Minnesota. Although I was intrigued by the story and appropriately disgusted by the advent of gated communities around Leech Lake, I think that the real story has yet to be told.
I grew up going to Leech Lake in the summers with my family, much as the author described, with my grandparents having one of those tiny cabins, my parents owning a plot of lakefront property, and the yearly visit to some of those resorts. The real outrage is that no one in my family ever talked about how they acquired that land that really belonged to the Indigenous peoples, while they were forced onto reservations, lost hunting and fishing rights, and were the victims of child abductions, molestation and brutality, racist abuse, broken treaty rights, cultural devastation and ongoing genocide. Yes, it was blissfully happy for me and my family going to Leech Lake every summer—but at what price was our bliss bought? “Connie,” my parents and thousands of others have never come to terms with the fact that everything they own and enjoy came to them purely through genocidal means and that blood is still on our hands. The message is no different for those of us living here in the Twin Cities. I invite Mr. Forester to take on “Part Two” of this story and look deeper into the “Minnesota Land-Grab” of white European settlers and what this has meant for all of us today.