Ponemah pow wow grounds fire deemed arson

The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department are investigating an arson case in Ponemah.

In a YouTube address, Red Lake Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki, Sr., said the pow wow grounds was set ablaze Tuesday night.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said no further information will be released until the investigation is complete.

The summer’s pow wows at the grounds were suspended due to COVID-19 concerns.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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