Mark Tessier
It Happens Here: The Roots of Racial Inequality on the North Shore

It Happens Here Episode 12 – Ownership

This segment explores the Ojibwe world views about traditional territory and adds historical perspective about the two traditional classifications of land: 1) land that is shared and 2) land that is exclusive of all others. Drawing from the perspectives of former Grand Portage Chairman Norman Deschampe and Bemidji State University Professor Anton Treuer, we learn how conflicting views about “owning” land have created past and present misunderstandings about treaties, access to ceded territory and tribal sovereignty.