The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have become the 8th federally recognized Native American tribal grouping to allow same-sex couples to marry, wedding Arnold and Matthew Dahl-Wooley. 8 US federally recognized Native American tribes now allow same-sex marriage.
Arnold and Matthew Dahl-Wooley have been living on the reservation as a couple for a decade after meeting in Oregon 15 years ago, and had been campaigning for same-sex marriages to be performed on Arnold’s traditional tribal lands for the last two years.
Their marriage ceremony was performed by
Leech Lake Tribal Court chief judge Paul Day. You’ve
brought out the best things in me,’ said to Matthew during the
ceremony, according to
the Grand Forks Herald. Arnold
‘I never thought I’d reach this point in my life, and the obstacles that we’ve overcome on our journey, and the things that we’ve accomplished over the years, and the stuff that we’ve been able to get back, it just overwhelms me, the positive things that you’ve brought out in me. And I never would have been able to achieve that without you.’
The couple operate the Lake Winnibigoshish General Store, which previously was run by
’s father and grandfather and
constructed by his great-grandfather in 1932. Arnold
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are one of six bands in the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and their Leech Lake Reservation has the largest population of any Native American reservation in the state of
Same-sex marriage was legalized in
in August of this year but
federally recognized Native American tribes have the same right to pass their
own laws within their territories as Minnesota states do. US
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe join the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma in allowing same-sex couples to marry this year.
Pokagon, Coquille and Odawa lands are the only parts of
and Oregon where same-sex couples may wed as
the states have constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. Michigan
There are reports that the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueño Mission Indians in
are also allowing same-sex couples
to marry. California
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