July 8, 1889

The federal government and the Red Lake Ojibwe sign a treaty that cedes 2,905,000 “surplus” acres from the reservation. Rather than distributing the remaining reservation land to individual tribe members as allotments, this treaty allows the Red Lake Ojibwe to hold the land in common, thereby protecting it from piecemeal sale.

Thanks to Juliana James’ 4th Grade Class at Frost Lake Magnet School part of St Paul Public Schools for the research on January’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.

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