Students from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. Brennan Lafeber, Grace Lindquist, Danica Simonet, Alexis Solheid and Padra Xiong visit with Al Pemberton, DNR Director and Tribal Council Member at Red Lake DNR
Published October 6, 2017
RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION – “In the time of the Seventh Fire, new people will emerge, the Oshkaabewisag (Messengers.) They will retrace their steps to find what was left by the trail. Their steps will take them to the Elders who they will ask to guide them on their journey.” ~Gichi-Ma’iingan (Big Wolf) ROAD TO PONEMAH: The Teachings of Larry Stillday
“It’s not about Indians, it’s about people. All the life forces must come into alignment. The Prophecies tell us that we are now in the time of a great healing. It says the four Colors of the human family are once again given an opportunity to bring each Color’s gifts together and create a mighty nation.” ~Gichi-Ma’iingan (Big Wolf) ROAD TO PONEMAH: The Teachings of Larry Stillday
On Wednesday afternoon, October 4, 2017, students form the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University introduced themselves to elders and others at Red Lake Nation. The filmmakers were making contacts for future interviews on the cultural and spiritual significance of water. They visited first with Red Lake DNR Director and Tribal Councilman Al Pemberton. Next they visited with both elders and young teacher/messengers of culture and language at the Ojibwemowin Immersion Program.
Lastly the group would travel the road to Ponemah for a visit with Vickey Fineday and Wesley Cloud at Obaashiing University. Later all would travel to Windy Point living up to its name but just in time to see the sun set on Lower Red Lake, then turn to leave and see the Harvest Moon rising over Upper Red Lake. Students described it as an unforgettable experience. It was a good day.
About the Students and their film
The students visiting were bright, respectful, and professional. Five of the 20 involved came to visit, they included: Grace Lindquist and Brennan Lafeber who are Co–Directors for Extending the Link. Danica Simonet, Alexis Solheid and Padra Xiong joined them.
“Because Water is one of the four elements – the first round of Creation – we are focusing very tightly on water,” said co-director Grace Lindquist, “we want to show everyone why the problems surrounding pipelines and water access/ownership is much more than an issue of resource distribution, and we must respect our water as it is a source of spiritual life as well.”
Extending the Link (ETL) is a non-profit structured organization at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph and Collegeville, MN. Their mission is to foster awareness surrounding social justice issues through the creation of annual documentaries.
“Our team is made of 20 passionate students who strive to educate the community about under-represented social justice issues through the creation of annual films,” said co-director Brennan Lafeber. “We are all dedicated to telling stories important to the global community. Each year, we focus on a different topic, and cover the story both locally and abroad.”
The sun having set over Lower Red Lake, we turn to leave and see the Harvest Moon rising over Upper Red Lake. It was taken as a good sign
ETL’s motto is “Think Globally, Act Locally,” and therefore each film focuses on an issue at an international and domestic level with the goal of tying the story back into how it affects our local community in Minnesota.