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Opinion
Ojibwe Leader: Answers needed to help youth


"My ancestors are from the area of Minnesota called Koochiching, which means where the waters narrow. We have links to the Red Lake tribe and I have felt a personal sense of loss with the tragedy that has taken place there.

On Monday, 16-year-old Jeff Weise went on a rampage, killing nine people before turning a gun on himself. It is a tragedy without apparent cause.

You see no signs of evil in the baby-faced photograph of Weise. Furthermore, the victims of his rage where his own: his neighbours, his grandparents, his kin.

So why would a disenfranchised aboriginal youth turn to hate groups, specifically neo-Nazis, to quell the anger in his belly? We need answers, a cure, therapy or treatment.

Reading Weise's posting to a neo-Nazi website, I was disheartened to find a discussion with him that included comments against adoption of 'rap culture' and 'blood mixing' on the Red Lake reserve.

The discussion forum was entitled 'Native American Nationalists.' I wonder if native American pride could actually be 'twisted' to racial supremacy."

Get the Story:
Sara Mainville: Tragedy raises questions (The Toronto Star 3/24)

Relevant Links:
Red Lake Net News - http://www.rlnn.com
Red Lake Nation - http://www.redlakenation.org
Red Lake High School - http://www.paulbunyan.net/rlschools/hs.htm

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