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Marie and Chuck Koenigs and granddaughter Eliza lead the procession to the arbor for the naming ceremony. Visible behind them are a tipi and sweat lodge, which are part of John T. Hutchinson's "outpost'' along the Chippewa River south of Benson. (Submitted photo)

Ojibwe naming ceremony re-affirms a Benson, Minn., family's roots


BENSON -- Marie Lightning Koenigs' family roots belong to the tiny Buffalo Point first nation in southeastern Manitoba, Canada, on Lake of the Woods.

It's where her mother had to make a fateful choice. Live a largely subsistence lifestyle on the Ojibwa band's land in Canada, or take up residency off the reservation in Warroad, Minn., where she had a one-room log home to shelter her family.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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