Sokaogon Chippewa Community News


On Monday, the message below was received through the Tribe’s website:


I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the people of your community!

I was passing through the Mole Lake area when the brakes on my truck failed and I slid into a snowbank, hopelessly stuck. I was far from home with no money and no plan when one of your Tribal Elders pulled up and said, “It looks like you could use some help, brother.”

I agreed I did, and yes, he called me brother although I am not Indian. His name was Tim, and he and several other Tribal Members with 4-wheel drive vehicles and shovels helped me get out of the snowbank and back on the road where I repaired my brakes and continued on my journey.

These men asked nothing in return except a thank you. Tim was so very helpful and showed me that we are all brothers. After a great conversation, I thanked him again and he replied, “Thank you for letting me help because it feels good in my heart.”

He is a good man and representative of your people! He opened my eyes and my heart! I thank all of you for being the people you are. I am grateful and will pass the help you’ve given me to the next brother or sister who needs some help along my journey, and I will not forget what you have done for me.

Paul Tessmer