Leech Lake Youth Perform Honor Song for 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 5th, 2014 Last Updated on: November 5th, 2014

Via Indiegogo

Via Indiegogo

The Chippewa National Forest, in partnership with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Choose Outdoors, hosted a public cutting ceremony for the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

The Northland Eagles Hand Drum Group from the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota performed an honor song especially written for the tree as it left its home in Bemidji, MN for Washington D.C.

From the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Facebook page: “This song is to honor the life of the tree, and to respect its gift of life. At a young age you are taught to respect life, nature, and your surrounding, and to only take what is needed. With this gift of the tree we are able to share the beauty of the land with the nation and to build and strengthen relationships with our neighbors.”

Not only did the kids get to see the special tree-cutting ceremony, but they have the chance to see the Annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C.! There's currently an Indiegogo Fundraiser to help send 180 Students, chaperones and 10 elders on a six-day trip to Washington D.C.

If you'd like to help send the kids, please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/from-our-home-to-capitol-hill for more information on how to donate.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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