Mikwendaagoziwag Ceremony July 31, 2013
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees, tribal members associated with the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, or GLIFWC, and friends honored the more than 400 Anishinaabe people that died during the 1850-1851 tragedy during a ceremony at the Corps' Big Sandy Lake Recreation Area, near McGregor, Minn., July 31. The group honored the GLIFWC ancestors by canoeing across Big Sandy Lake. Jim Zorn, GLIFWC executive administrator, said, Mikwendaagoziwag (Ojibwe for “We remember them”) “We remember them and I’ll venture to guess that everyone here is touched by their story. The more than 400 Anishinaabe people that died during the fall and winter in 1850-1851 were at the lake awaiting their annuity payments for ceded lands. More than 150 people died at the lake during the six-week period as they waited for payment. The remaining 250 people died as they attempted to return to their homes. USACE photo by Patrick Moes

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