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Joe Potter, White Earth Ojibwe of Wis., dances in the eagle staff he made for the Wellbriety Movement at the White Bison Inc.’s national conference in Minneapolis April 18. The staff was made from feathers donated by Nancy Kingbird, Leech Lake Ojibwe of Wis., in memory of her late husband, Warren Bradley Tibbets. (Rich Simonelli photo.)

Joe Potter, White Earth Ojibwe of Wis., speaks of his inspiration in creating the eagle staff donated to the Wellbriety Movement at White Bison’s national conference in Minneapolis April 18. The staff is accepted by White Bison President Don Coyhis, Mohican, as elders’ advisory council member Ozzie Williamson, Blackfeet, looks on. (Rich Simonelli photo)

Joe Potter, White Earth Ojibwe of Wis., dances in the eagle staff he made for the Wellbriety Movement at the White Bison Inc.’s national conference in Minneapolis April 18. The staff was made from feathers donated by Nancy Kingbird, Leech Lake Ojibwe of Wis., in memory of her late husband, Warren Bradley Tibbets. Below the staff is the Hoop of 100 Sacred Eagle Feathers, Both the hoop and staff will lead bicyclists on an 8,000 mile cross-country journey next year to raise awareness about the US Boarding School Era, 1875-1940, and to support efforts to heal from the trauma it has perpetuated in Native communities. (Rich Simonelli photo)