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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)

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