An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 5, 2003 - Issue 84
Indians Are Very Bitter
credits: submitted by Timm Severud (Ondamitag)
Are Very Bitter
Removal of Bodies From Indian Cemetery on Wisconsin Point
white men have stolen the Indian land from them. Now, not satisfied, they
would tear up the bodies of the Indian dead in order that they may have
even the last resting place of our ancestors," said Frank Drew, one
of the speakers at the conference held at the St Francis Xavier parish
hall last night to consider the removal of the remains from the Indian
Cemetery on Wisconsin Point to some cemetery in the city of Superior.
Indians were a unit in opposing the removal of the bodies from the point,
they claiming that the land on, which the cemetery is located belongs
to one Joe Leviash, a Chippewa, who has lived there for nearly forty years.
This, they assert, gives him title to the property by virtue of adverse
point over which the Indians were very bitter was the fact that the $5,000
appropriated for the removal of the bodies was taken from the tribal fund.
consider that if the removal of the bodies was made necessary by the construction
of the steel company's terminals and docks, the steel company should pay
for the removal, and not the Indians who were perfectly satisfied to have
the remains stay where they were.
activities in the campaign to secure the removal of bodies was charged
by some of the speakers who questioned whether the government at Washington
really knew anything about this matter. A committee is to be selected
to investigate the matter and report at a meeting of the Indians on September
Agent George W. Cross, in charge of the Cloquet District, presided at
It is possible that the Indians will employ an attorney to fight the removal of the bodies in the courts.
to Be Removed
Agent George W. Cross Gives Notice That Bodies Will Be Moved
W. Cross, Indian Agent at Cloquet, in a letter to the Telegram asks that
all persons having relatives buried in the cemetery on Wisconsin Point
notify him of that fact and that they express their preference as to what
cemetery the bodies shall be buried in.
Cross' letter is as follows:
to Hold Council
from Wisconsin and Minnesota will Gather At Sawyer Thursday
'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.
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.
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."
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.
to Hold Council
Pair, for 40 Years Keepers of Indian Cemetery on Point,
living in a little hut locate near the old Indian Graveyard on Wisconsin
Point for more than 40 years, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Levearsh, an Indian couple,
are now called upon to leave their home on account of the advance of commercialism.
of the Interstate Railroad Company claim title to the land and wish to
use it for business purposes. Besides forcing the old Indian couple off
of the land, all of the graves must be removed.
who is 70 years old, has acted as guardian of the graveyard ever since
he built his home on the point. Being an Indian and superstitious, he
considers this a bad omen and claims he will never leave the place.
sons have been born in the little house and now provide for their aged
parents. Besides owning the lot near the graveyard, which he clams by
'squatter's rights,' Levearsh owns 80 acres of timberland near Cloquet.
opposition to the plan of removing the bodies and forcing the Levearsh
from his old home has been raised by Superior Indians. Led by Charles
Drew, a nephew of Levearsh, they have organized and intend to fight the
proposition to the last ditch.
will die fighting," says Drew. "All of the Indians believe as
I do and I don't think that Cross, the Indian Agent, can produce the papers
to show where the land was given to the railroad company."
is of hardy stock and looks like he is able to follow up his claim. He
has never touched liquor or tobacco in his life. Recently the Indians
have met in the St. Francis parish hall. Last night they called a meeting
to hear Solon Perrin, attorney for the Interstate Railroad Company, who
was going to present the papers.
The hall was locked and Perrin failed to make an appearance. The 40 redskins present called a meeting on the street corner and discussed the matter.
|Canku Ota is a free Newsletter celebrating Native America, its traditions and accomplishments . We do not provide subscriber or visitor names to anyone. Some articles presented in Canku Ota may contain copyright material. We have received appropriate permissions for republishing any articles. Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to those who have expressed an interest. This is in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107.|
Canku Ota is a copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 of Vicki Lockard and Paul Barry.
The "Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America" web site and its design is the
Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 of Paul C. Barry.
All Rights Reserved.