. Tribes, City Officials Address the Opioid Crisis in Northern Minnesota « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE – A crowd of several hundred people attended the 3-hour event, inluding Bemidji’s Chief of Police Mike Mastin, Bemidji Mayor Jorge Prince, Red Lake Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki, and White Earth Tribal Chairman Michael Fairbanks. “This crisis, it’s everyone’s issue, not just reservations,” Seki said during the gathering. “It surrounds our community, and when I visit other communities, they tell me the same thing.” As of this month, the Red Lake Nation has documented 133 overdoses related to opioid use since January 2021 — 9 of which were fatal. In 2021, Bemidji had 60 overdoses, 13 of which were fatal.

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