Charles Grolla's Ojibwe name is Ogimaagiizhig (Boss of the Sky) and he is of
the Adik (Caribou) clan or totem. He is an enrolled member of the Bois
Forte reservation in Minnesota and was raised mainly on the Red Lake
reservation in Minnesota. While growing up in the Bikwaakwaang (West End)
area of the Red Lake reservation, Charles became a contending player of Ojibwe
style moccasin game before the age of 14. Charles graduated from Red Lake
High School and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice
with a minor in Ojibwe Language at Bemidji State University. Retiring after
17 years of service from the Red Lake Police Department, first as a police
officer then as a conservation officer, he started a new career and is
currently a teacher at Cass Lake – Bena High School where he teaches Ojibwe
language, culture, and moccasin game.
John Christian Hopkins, a member of the Rhode Island Narragansett Indian Tribe, is a descendant of King Ninigret, patriarch of the tribe’s last hereditary royal family. Hopkins is a career journalist who has worked at newspapers across the U.S. and has been a nationally syndicated columnist for Gannett News Service. He and his wife Sararesa live on her Navajo reservation in Arizona.