Red Lake Reservation - Shooting Survivors Arrive In Newtown ~ ctpost.com
[font size = 0]Justin Jourdain, a 2008 graduate of Red Lake High School who was in the school during the shootings that occurred in 2005, poses with a Red Lake Band of Chippewa flag signed by students and residents of the reservation in Bemidji, Minn. Jourdain and others are taking two signed flags on a trip to Newtown, Conn., to offer comfort to the grieving community in the wake of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. - Photo: AP / SL[/font size]
When members of Minnesota's Red Lake Indian Reservation received a plaque from Columbine High School massacre survivors, they hoped the gift would stay with them.
The Columbine survivors presented it to them in 2005, after people at Red Lake including five students were gunned down in what was then the second most-deadly school shooting.
We hope you never pass this on, the Columbine survivors told them, but if a tragedy like this happens again, go help heal the community where it does.
Late Thursday morning, four survivors from the Red Lake massacre arrived in Newtown with that plaque, which they planned to give students at the town's middle school Thursday night. The survivors were among 13 Red Lake students and even more administrators who traveled to help those affected by the Dec. 14 Newtown shooting spree that left 20 children dead.
"They've just traveled almost 30 hours driving cross-country in the middle of all this weather to get out here and to be with the families," coordinator Stephanie Hope Smith said in front of Newtown's Edmond Town Hall.
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I stayed at Red Lake for a time in my youth. I remember learning some of the language, but megwiitch failed me. Thank you for the kind response.
Noted that sometimes is wech instead of wich. I have seen it spelled a couple of different ways. Sometimes it varies from area to area like Leech Lake traditional language is different from say Red Lake. My husband's father spoke the old language.