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Meet the Man Who Fled Canada and Was Granted Asylum in the US

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James “OJ” Pitawanakwat

By Sarah Berman,, April 17, 2016

James “OJ” Pitawanakwat hasn’t returned to the Anishinaabe community on Manitoulin Island where he grew up in nearly two decades. He can’t, because in Canada there’s an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Over the phone from his home on Saginaw Chippewa reservation in Michigan, Pitawanakwat tells me he feels a swell of pride thinking about the actions he took in the summer of 1995—actions that led to his arrest and conviction on mischief and weapons charges. Read the rest of this entry

Ojibwe Language Students Build Birchbark Canoe

Video published to Youtube on May 7, 2015 by UMass

Visiting UMass Amherst lecturer Howard Kimewon and his students built a birch bark canoe during their Ojibwe language course and successfully launched it on Puffer’s Pond. It’s believed to be the first birch bark canoe to sail locally in 300 years.

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