In honor of Otter Tail River, Sharon Day executive director of the Indigenous People's Task Force, will be leading a Nibi Walk from the White Earth Reservation to Fergus Falls. "Nibi" means "water" in Ojibwe, and the walk is to honor the water needed in every day life.

A Nibi walk isn't a protest but an expression of Native culture with the goal to come together and focus on gratitude, especially with the impact of recent significant drought, walk organizers say. The Otter Tail watershed feeds lakes and wetlands and is necessary for crop growth.

This walk will begin on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 18, at the landing in Elbow Lake on Hwy. 113 on the White Earth Reservation, as the Otter Tail River feeds into the lake. The walkers will pass through Perham on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 19. The walk will end in Fergus Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

A GPS tracker to locate the walkers can be found at For more information, go to or find Honor the Otter Tail on Facebook.

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