Esther Ogima Geshig Gwok Quay Nahgahnub


Esther Ogima geshig gwok quay Nahgahnub, 66, Sawyer, mukwa o'dode'man, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, in her home. The matriarch of the Nahgahnub family, the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Band elder left a legacy of strength, determination and grace. She devoted much of her life to the battle for tribal sovereignty, indigenous rights and environmental protection. WAKE:4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, and the traditional service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, both in Esther's home. Burial will be in Sawyer. Elder Lee Staples will officiate.
This obituary was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune.

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I just found this website, so wanted to take the opportunity to say goodbye to Esther and wish strength and healing to all her family.

Some years ago another friend, Alex, in her passing taught me that a person's love only grows larger when they move on. I believe this to be true.

I got to know Esther as we walked together around the big lake. She taught me a lot. She was a beautiful, incredible, strong woman. I can only imagine what her love can do now that it is...

I only got to see your grandmother one time (Joe, Kayle, Gim, and Kruze) and when i did i already loved her.
She was so nice to me and everything. I wish I could have heard some of her stories. I'll always remember her.
Love always: Kayla Koen

We want to send our deepest sympathy to the family of Ester on her recent passing. We shared so much laughter and tears during her holidays with us in Ireland. A small piece of us has also died but we know we will meet again some day. From: Ann, James, Laura and Brian Ward, Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland.

I am sad that we, the anishinabe people, have lost such a strong powerful warrior in the cause that we all continue to fight. Esther, Jim Northrup, Walt Bressette and I along with others understood and fought for the rights guaranteed us in the 1854 Treaty. Esther was and still is a beautiful Warrior. Full of fire and spirit and not afraid to speak the truth to nonbelievers. I will miss her, and to her family, my sincere and heartfelt condolonces. We even shut down the international...

I am saddened to hear that we will not have Esthers presence or presence of mind until we all meet again in the afterlife . I am very glad to have known her and had her wisdom and fun in my life . She stayed with me in Ireland and we had such funtimes and so much merlot ! we have kept in touch and we will meet again . I wish you all happy memories and more .

Esther was a treasured elder, and a board member of the Midwest Treaty Network. She always had guts, stamina and a smile to go with it. We remember when she arrived in Sandy Lake to support the spearers in '94, and with a big grin opened her trunk to show us the beaver roadkill she'd picked up for the feast. The next year she drove a brand-new rental car to IEN in Alaska, and when she returned told the angry car rental guy: "I took my grandson to see the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet!"...

Thank you Esther for your great spirit and heart. You will be missed by all.

Charlie and family,
My deepest sympathies. Esther's fiery spirit will be with you always and will guide you through this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.

To the family of Ogimageshig Gwokquay, I am sorry to hear of Ester's passing and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you.
I will always remember her beautiful smile and that little twinkle in her eyes when she spoke.
I will also remember the last time I saw her at the pow-wow when she was waiting to bring her grand daughter out in her new jingle dress.
Esther always found time for you, no matter how busy she was.
I will miss her friendship, laughter and smiles. She was a...