Indians to Hold Council

Chippewas from Wisconsin and Minnesota will Gather At Sawyer Thursday
Charles Drew Says Redskins Will Fight Attempt to Remove Graveyard

From: Superior News Telegram - September 5, 1914

     A 'council of war' of Indians belonging to Chippewa Tribe will be held at Sawyer, Minnesota, next Thursday to protest against the removal of Indian graveyards in Superior and at Cloquet, according to Charles Drew, who is leading the local fight to prevent the removal of the graveyard from Wisconsin Point. Mr. Drew returned last night from Cloquet where he conferred with Indians stationed at the Fond du Lac Reservation.

  According to Drew the Indians at the Fond du Lac Reservation are opposed to the removal of the graveyard from Wisconsin Point and will assist the local red men in an attempt to prevent the proposed action. Attorney Frank Withrow of La Crosse after conferring with Drew and others here. According to Mr. Withrow, who has won many cases for the Indians, the graveyard on Wisconsin Point cannot be removed without the consent of the Indians.

  "The Indians will also fight to make the 40 Indians now living on the point vacate the premises according to Drew. "The Indians have never given that point up," say Drew, "and cannot be forced to move if they don't want to."

  "An attempt is being made to move the graveyard at the Fond du Lac Reservation at Cloquet and also to transfer Indians living in the Indian village."

  Drew will go to Sawyer to attend Thursday's meeting. Other Chippewas from Superior and other Wisconsin points will also attend.


Article contributed by:
Timm Severud
Winter, Wisconsin
Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Historical Preservation Office - Archivist (Volunteer)
LCO Hydroelectric Facility Manager