A Faith Forged by Common Struggles


Laurel Robinson is a member of the Modoc/Klamath tribe seen here making an incense offering during the memorial service at the Tule Lake Pilgrimage.  (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

Laurel Robinson is a member of the Modoc/Klamath tribe seen here making an incense offering during the memorial service at the Tule Lake Pilgrimage. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)


By MARTHA NAKAGAWA, Rafu Contributor

At the Tule Lake Pilgrimage interfaith memorial service this year, members from different tribes offered incense in solidarity of a shared history.

Dakota Tribe

Glenn and Gwen Westerman Wasicuna are members of the Dakota tribe. They had flown in from Minnesota to attend their first Tule Lake Pilgrimage.

“We have been looking forward to this for months,” said Gwen. “We felt we have a common experience and that we mig