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Lunch with the History People

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018, from noon – 1 PM

Who: Michele Hakala-Beeksma is the Vice-President of the St. Louis County Historical Society’s Board of Governors and a member of the Society’s American Indian Advisory Committee. For the past sixteen years, she has worked for the 1854 Treaty Authority. Michele is also a member of the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa.

What: Michele’s lecture is entitled “Understanding Chippewa 1854 Treaty Rights in Northeast Minnesota-1854 to Present.” She will discuss past events and individuals related to the 1854 Treaty and examine the legal and cultural viewpoints of how people are currently implementing their treaty rights. Her presentation also reviews the role of the 1854 Treaty Authority, which is the agency responsible for cultural education, conducting surveys of fish and mammal populations, along with managing wild rice and invasive species.

Where: The event will be held in the Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), at 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota.

There will be limited theater-style seating (no tables), but feel free to bring your own bag lunch. Seating is first-come, first-served (no reservations). Admittance to this event is free to the public. ARCO coffee is provided.

For more information contact Julie Bolos at 218-733-7568 or

During any presentation, the views and findings expressed are solely that of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the St. Louis County Historical Society, its board or staff.

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