RICE LAKE– The presentation by a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women activist packed a punch, and high school drummers from Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School afterward kept the energy rolling at the Indigenous Peoples Celebration held on Thursday, Oct. 14, at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire — Barron County.

The celebration — held three days after Indigenous Peoples Day, a day held in honor of Native Americans as opposed to the celebration of Columbus Day — combined several events including a drumming ceremony, smudging, keynote speeches, a description of the flags of Wisconsin’s 12 indigenous tribes, and food featuring fry bread and wild rice.

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