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In this video from the series Ogichidaa Storytellers, learn about the 1850 Sandy Lake Tragedy and the struggle for Anishinaabe to survive amidst forced assimilation and tragedy. In the winter of 1850, many Ojibwe people died as a result of actions by the Federal Government not upholding its treaty obligations. Today, many communities join at Sandy Lake to remember their ancestors and to tell their story.

Ogichidaa (“warrior”) Storytellers, supported by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), shares the struggle of the Anishinaabe (also known as Ojibwe or Chippewa) to retain treaty reserved harvesting rights throughout the ceded territories of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. This series for students in grades 6-12 includes six videos, each with educational materials containing lesson plans, enduring understandings, essential questions, vocabulary words, and extension activities.

Contributed by GLIFWC