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About The Odanah star. [volume] (Odanah, Ashland Co., Wis.) 1912-1916
Odanah, Ashland Co., Wis. (1912-1916)
- The Odanah star. [volume] : (Odanah, Ashland Co., Wis.) 1912-1916
- Place of publication:
- Odanah, Ashland Co., Wis.
- Geographic coverage:
- A. Denomie
- Dates of publication:
- Began in 1912? Ceased in 1916.
- Odanah (Wis.)--Newspapers.
- Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
- Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 23 (July 12, 1912).
- sn 84024927
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Odanah Star and Ashland Chronicle
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is a sovereign, federally recognized Ojibwe nation with a 125,000+ acre reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Ashland and Iron counties, it is the largest Ojibwe reservation in the state. The seat of government for the Bad River band is located in Odanah, which is the Ojibwe word for town, ten miles east of Ashland on U.S. Highway 2. Prior to non-Native settlement, the Ojibwe had migrated from the eastern seaboard back to their ancestral home in the Great Lakes in search of the "food that grows on water," or wild rice. This resource grows in abundance in the Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs, one of the largest pristine freshwater wetland estuaries in the Midwest.
The Odanah Star was an Ojibwe newspaper published in Odanah between 1912 and 1916. The original owner of the publication, Antoine Denomie, Sr., was also a tribal delegate who represented the interests of the Bad River band in Washington, D.C. In 1913, he presented in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs as part of the Indian Appropriation Bill hearings. Denomie's observations and assessments of the policies discussed in the nation's capital were printed in the Star. Editor Henry Charles Ashmun took over ownership and management of the newspaper in 1913 and appointed his brother William the assistant editor. Ashmun who had previously worked in the lumber industry had learned about the newspaper business from his uncle who worked at the Sault St. Marie News in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
The front page of the weekly newspaper always featured stories about local and national Native American affairs, while the rest of the paper offered the usual array of state news, national news, advertisements and sports. In early July 1916, the Odanah Star could not stay afloat with the limited audience living in the area. It was renamed the Ashland Chronicle and moved to the city of Ashland, where it, however, only lasted 11 weeks before the paper finally collapsed.
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