Thursday, April 9, 2015

Meet Native America: Richard W. McCloud, Tribal Chairman, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

Meet Native American. The National Museum of the American Indian.

"In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today." 
-Dennis Zotigh, NMAI 

Richard W. McCloud, Tribal Chairman, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Image Courtesy of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and the National Museum of the American Indian's Blog.
Richard W. McCloud, Tribal Chairman, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
Image Courtesy of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
and the National Museum of the American Indian's Blog.
"Where is your community located?
The Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation is in Belcourt, North Dakota.

Where were the Turtle Mountain Chippewa originally from?
The origins of the Pembina Chippewa are associated with the trading post established at Pembina in the northeastern corner of North Dakota in 1801. For many years this post was the focal point for many Chippewa hunting and trading in the region. Anishinabe, meaning the first or original people, is our name for ourselves. The spelling of Anishinabe has many variants depending on whether the name is singular or plural, or which tribe or band is using it. "

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