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White Earth Tribal Chair Erma Vizenor says singing hymns in the Ojibwe language helps people claim their culture and traditional way of life. Dan Gunderson | MPR Photo

Hymns a unique part of a renewed Ojibwe culture

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By Dan Gunderson

MPR News 91.3 FM

WHITE EARTH – When 30 people gathered recently for an evening service at St. Columba Episcopal Church, they recited liturgy like thousands of other church congregations.

But when they began singing, it quickly became clear that theirs was not a typical Minnesota prayer service.

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