From Red Lake to Newtown, a Dreamcatcher and Message of Peace

The Newtown Board of Education was presented with ceremonial tokens of support from a Native American community in Minnesota that dealt with a school shooting in 2005.


On Tuesday night, Newtown Middle School Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore presented the Board of Education with a framed dreamcatcher ornament and flag from the Red Lake Nation, an Ojibwe reservation in Minnesota that was the site of a school shooting in 2005.

“These students know the heartbreak and loss Newtown is going through,” said Salvatore. “Their hope is that peace will replace violence … That love will replace hate.”

The inscriptions on the bottom of the plaque read, “Let us see each other again” and “In the circle of life, we will all be together again.”

The Red Lake community had asked that their gift would be brought in person to the next community anywhere in the world who suffered such a tragedy, Salvatore said.

“May it never travel again,” he said.

yoda February 07, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Oh please, why isn't the system talking about mental health, and how the system ignores these children?
Kiley Gottschalk February 07, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Yoda, the system IS talking about mental health and how to protect the children. This gesture from The Red Lake Nation is another reminder for us of how there is good in this world midst the chaos and hate. Principal Salvatore was passing along a pertinent message. You're "oh, please" comment is missing the fundemental message: We are Love.
Fred February 07, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Yoda - it is a silly little story about a gift from another community. Wouldn't the article seem weird if it brought up the issues you mention? I guess the article might read "On Tuesday night, Anthony Salvatore presented the BofE with a framed dreamcatcher ornament and flag from the Red Lake Nation. The Red Lake Nation was remiss in mentioning anything about mental health and how the system ignores these children." Or, in Yoda speak "Dream catcher, they sent. Mental Health issues speak of, they did not"...
Stephanie Hope February 07, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Thanks Dr. Salvatore for taking this message of love passed from Columbine and Redlake students now to Newtown. Watch CNN story of the Redlake Trip: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/12/22/erin-pkg-harlow-survivors-sharing-newtown.cnn


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