Mille Lacs Ojibwe Social History Project: Interview with Don Wedll
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota in 1949, Don Wedll moved to the Mille Lacs area in 1970 and originally came to the Mille Lacs Reservation as a math tutor for Mille Lacs Ojibwe children. After taking this tutorial position, Don worked as one of the first teachers at the Nay-ah-shing school, and he eventually became Commissioner of Education, a job he had held for six years at the time of the interview. He had extensively researched the history of the Mille Lacs band and at the time of the interview headed the Natural Resources Department of the Mille Lacs band. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Focuses on tribal government under Art Gahbow and the creation of the new executive/legislative/judicial form of government that in many ways replaced the Reservation Business Committee (RBC) government. Mr. Wedll also addresses the history of the band's various economic enterprises, including the tribal marina, the Drift Inn and the Grand Casino, and provides pertinent information regarding the educational system at Mille Lacs, including the history of the Onamia School walkout (1975).
63 pages transcript
Content Category: text
Interviewee: Wedll, Don
Interviewer: Godfrey, Anthony
Made in: Vineland, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 36 (Library Call Number)
AV1993.251.10 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Mille Lacs Ojibwe Social History Project'