A Unity Walk for Jason Pero will Take Place Saturday from Bad River to the Ashland County Courthouse

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | SawyerWire |

A Community Unity Healing Walk will take place this Saturday, December 2, beginning in the Bad River Community at the place where a 14-year old tribal member was shot and killed by an Ashland County Deputy on November 8.

“Everyone encouraged to unify for Jason Pero and all who knew him, family, friends, classmates, all members of the community (Red Cliff, Bad River, Ashland). Those from all walks of life and from around the world are invited,” the announcement for the walk said.

The Unity Walk will begin at 11:48 am at the place where the shots were fired, Jason’s residence. Everyone will meet first at the Bad River Community Center at 11:00 a.m. The walk will take all participants on a walk to town, ending on the Ashland County Courthouse Lawn.

“The tribe and tribal staff have lent all available resources to make the walk a safe and unity driven event. It is steered and planned by the youth with support from the community,” said Dylan Jennings, Bad River Tribal Council Member.

At 4:15 p.m. there will be an honor song for Jason Pero from the youth drum at the ending point. A speech will also be given by the students called “Jason’s Message.”

At 5:30 p.m. a community feast will be held back at the community center. Following the feast there will be a Jingle Dress Healing for the community, followed with some singing and dancing for community healing.

On December 14, 2017 the Tribal Council and the Bad River Police Commission would like to cordially invite community members to discuss issues related to the tragedy that occurred.

The listening session will be held at the Bad River Convention Center from 4 p.m to 7 p.m and refreshments will be provided.

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