MSOE unveils peace tree and mural with local leaders to mark Indigenous Peoples' Day
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A 10-foot white pine “Peace Tree” was planted alongside a mural by the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), community leaders and other organizers Friday, Oct. 8, on Milwaukee’s east side in Pulaski Playfield.
The event had performances by the Wolf River Group tribal drum team, an Indigenous Peoples prayer and blessing of the tree; along with the unveiling of the mural.
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett were among a handful of dignitaries to speak at Friday's event.
Organizers say the new mural and the white pine tree are symbols of unity to promote positive change in the community.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, freshmen in the University Scholars Honors Program at MSOE partnered with Menominee Tribal Enterprises to promote sustainable forestry practices and environmental education for K-12 students across Wisconsin.
The "Peace Tree" reportedly comes from the Menominee forest in northeast Wisconsin, which has been sustainably managed by the Menominee tribe for more than 150 years