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Leech Lake Ojibwe (U.S.)

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Last modified: 2013-12-07 by rick wyatt
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Description of the flag

In "The Pilot-Independent", 28 February 2007, Gail DeBoer reported that the Leech Lake Tribal flag will be displayed alongside the United States and state of Minnesota flags in the District Court. The inauguration ceremony took place on 23 February 2007. This will be the first time a tribal flag will fly in a state courtroom.

The Leech Lake Ojibwe or Chippewa and their flag are listed in Don Healy's survey of the flags of the native peoples of the USA:

"Instead of there being a single flag for the Ojibwe nation in the United States, each band can decide whether or not it wants a flag and what that design should be. This situation is also true in the Canadian bands as explained by Kevin Harrington in Flagscan, the official publication of the Canadian Flag Association over a decade ago. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe live on approximately 28,000 acres that comprise the Leech Lake Reservation. The flag of that reservation is white and bears the tribal seal in the center (sample flag provided by Advertising Flag Co., Chicago, IL). That seal starts with a red ring around a white central disc. On the ring in red appears the name of the reservation. Within the red ring the most prominent device is a yellow equilateral triangle. Outside the edges of this triangle starting from the hoist side are symbols of nature, in this case pine trees and a soaring eagle; symbols of education represented by diploma and graduation mortarboard hat; and symbols of justice and the law depicted as the scales of justice. Within the triangle appear a peace pipe and two brown feathers representing the Ojibwe people. The yellow triangle recalls the birchbark wigwams that were the ancient homes of the Ojibwe, and brings all the symbols together representing the concept that the Ojibwe people have a home on the Leech Lake reservation where they can prosper under the rule of law, through education and in harmony with nature."
The website of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe shows a similar seal, but with the writing BAND OF OJIBWE instead of RESERVATION.

Ivan Sache, 3 March 2007