Big Fire Law and Policy Group
Advertise:   ads@blueearthmarketing.com   712.224.5420

Opinion
Yellow Bird: Red Lake people are gentle warriors


"During these past five days, I heard many stories of the shootings at Red Lake. I was on site for two days and for three more days involved in stories coming in nationwide. Our daily fare has been the Red Lake shootings.

These people indeed are warriors. But because what I heard was not from a first-person source, the names and the details must wait until they can be confirmed. Yet, the overall stories are enough to haunt my days and nights.

For example, on the basis of several accounts, I believe that some of these young people were willing to take a bullet for a friend. One tried to wrestle an out-of-control Jeff Weiss, the 16-year-old boy who went on the rampage, to the ground and was shot for his trouble.

Another young man tried to protect a female friend.

There is a gentleness about the Red Lake people. Some already have forgiven Weiss. Others have expressed the wish that had they been more aware, perhaps they would have seen the signs or could have helped him."

Get the Story:
DORREEN YELLOW BIRD COLUMN: Many share the pain, healing (The Grand Forks Herald 3/26)

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

Related Stories:
Surviving victims talk about Red Lake tragedy (3/25)
Opinion: A dark day in the history of all tribes (3/25)
Column: Red Lake members in Twin Cities head home (3/25)
Opinion: Everyone to blame for Red Lake tragedy (3/25)
Deadly tragedy puts focus on Native youth problems (3/24)
Response continues to tragedy at Red Lake Reservation (3/24)
Yellow Bird: Red Lake community in deep pain (3/24)
Ojibwe Leader: Answers needed to help youth (3/24)
Opinion: Violence not uncommon at Red Lake (3/24)
Column: Has media underplayed Red Lake? (3/24)
Opinion: Media circus won't get to heart of matter (3/24)
Letters: Star Trib readers respond to tragedy (3/24)
Indian Country sends support to community in shock (3/23)
Details emerge on tragedy at Red Lake Reservation (3/23)
Tribal Member: My reservation will never be the same (3/23)
Opinion: Above all, this is a tribal nation tragedy (3/23)
Editorial: Tragedy at Red Lake unites all in grief (3/23)
Editorial: Solidarity with the people of Red Lake (3/23)
Column: Sacred pipe ceremony begins the healing (3/23)
Column: Media gets crash course in sovereignty (3/23)
Shooting at Red Lake Reservation leaves 10 dead (3/22)