Tribal protest echoes through Paul Bunyan Mall, supports hunger strike in Canada
More than one hundred tribal members gathered inside the Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji Wednesday to stage a "flash mob" drum and dance circle. The event was organized as a show of support for a Canadian tribal chief who is on a hunger strike in Ottawa, Ontario.
Similar events supporting the Canadian "Idle No More" movement have been staged in Duluth, Minneapolis and other cities across the country over the past few weeks.
Tribal Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in far northern Ontario has been on a hunger strike in Ottawa, demanding to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss poverty and other issues affecting native communities.