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Letter: Burial ground land transfer will be remembered

"I'm very thankful for local leaders who have acted on this historic moment to bring together the institutions necessary for it to happen," writes Jeff Monaghan.

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Throughout my life, I have been a proponent of returning the land on Wisconsin Point and the burial ground near St. Francis Cemetery in Superior to the Native people who lived here long before 1848, when Wisconsin became a state.

I'm very thankful for local leaders who have acted on this historic moment to bring together the institutions necessary for it to happen. The Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe, the Catholic Diocese of Superior, government officials from the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota, city of Superior and Douglas County leaders are to be commended for this manifestation of human decency and compassion, this transfer of power.

I'm so glad we can go forward knowing that with grace and peace we have acted with humility. Yes, it required a spiritual vision, but it also required legal action for the transfer of ownership. Because of this moment, we are free to learn a new way to walk with our ancestors in light, truth and wisdom. Our past, our present and our future are better because of what happened here. It will be remembered!

Jeff Monaghan,

Superior

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