ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Transportation crews are installing 12 highway signs in northeastern Minnesota that have significant, historic meaning.
The signs, more than a decade in the making, mark the boundaries of a treaty signed in 1854 by the federal government and three Ojibwe tribes — the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.READ MORE: St. Paul First Responders Honored For Bravery In Confronting Mass Shooting
The Minnesota Department of Transportation installed the first sign on Nov. 1 on southbound Highway 61, just south of the Canadian border and near the entrance to Grand Portage State Park.
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Honored to join tribal leaders from Grand Portage, Bois Forte & Fond du Lac today to celebrate the first of 12 signs on state highways to permanently mark the 1854 Treaty Boundary – on Hwy 61 just south of the Canadian border.
A historic day in recognition of tribal sovereignty! pic.twitter.com/jMWeSnKvFa
— Margaret Anderson Kelliher (@MAKMinnesota) November 1, 2021
The Grand Portage tribe initially asked for signs recognizing the treaty boundaries 11 years ago, followed by requests from the Bois Forte and Fond du Lac bands.
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