Touchstone Finalist: Indigenizing Community Conversation |

Touchstone Finalist: Indigenizing Community Conversation

Updated: November 13, 2020 05:41 PM
Created: November 12, 2020 07:09 PM

It's now been 3 years since a 14-year-old died on the Bad River Reservation after an officer-involved shooting. Sunday was the anniversary, and Jason Pero's friends made sure to remember him that day.

Esie Leoso-Corbine, Social and Family Services Director for the band, said, "Even though it's been three years, it's still very fresh."

It was all of that hurt and anguish that fueled something called Indigenizing Community Conversation. "It was a series of dinners, and activities, where we got into circles and had really tough conversations," Leoso-Corbine remembered.

Leaders and community members from Ashland and the tribe worked together to build better relationships and break down barriers and stereotypes.

"We were able to meet more neighbors and establish trust. And it works both ways. We want to see that grow," Leoso-Corbine added.

A grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation helped make the series happen. And although the events have wrapped up, the effort to improve communication and compassion is never done.

"It's a long process for us. But hope is there. Hope for change," Leoso-Corbine said.

The Touchstone Awards are coming up on Tuesday, November 17th, at 6:30pm, on WDIO-TV. 

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