Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Menominee tribe to mark 150th year at celebration on Friday
By Nathan Falk, Leader Reporter
A special anniversary is underway for Friday in Keshena.
It was in May, 1854 when the Wolf River Treaty was signed, creating the Menominee Reservation.
"In 1854, the treaty was signed at Keshena Falls. It's the 150 year anniversary of our reservation," said David Grignon of the Menominee Historic Preservation Department.
A celebration for the day is set at noon at Menominee Indian High School, featuring a feast and cook-out, music, a softball game with tribal police, tug of war, and also another more traditional sport.
"We'll be having a traditional Lacrosse game on that day, playing the traditional way with sticks made from wood from the forest, and a Lacrosse ball made from animal skins and that sort," Grignon said. "We want it to be traditional, that's the way it was played in 1854. We thought it was appropriate to have it this way, it's the way our ancestors played."