'Finndians' share Indian and Finnish heritage
Finish immigration to Ojibwe communities in northern Minnesota created a new population described as "Finndians."

“There are enough of us that we’ve coined the term,” Lyz Jaakola, 39, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, told The Duluth News Tribune.

The Finns arrived in the late 1800s, around the same time the Ojibwe people were moved to reservations. The two groups shared a common history of persecution and communal living.

“People who were oppressed tend to have more in common,” said Frank Bibeau, 50, a member of the White Earth Band.

Jaakola and Bibeau will talking about their "Finndian" experiences at a panel during FinnFest in Duluth.

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Finnish pioneers, Ojibwe found common ground (The Duluth News Tribune 7/22)