A Warroad, Minnesota man says he was ready to die in a dispute over his land with the Red Lake Tribe. That dispute has ended peacefully, at least for now.
Donald Kakaygeesick ((Kah-kay-gee-zick)) says he owns seven acres of land along the river in Warroad, where the Red Lake tribe wants to build a new casino. Kakaygeesick says the tribe paid his cousins, who never lived on the land a million dollars several years ago. But, he never received anything.
This week, he chased off contractors who planned on tearing down his trailer home, where he lives with his elderly mother. Kakaygeesick says his family was originally given the land by his great-grandfather and he's not moving, unless he's paid for the land.
Donald Kakaygeesick, Warroad, MN: "We just got a threatening letter. They were going to arrest my mother. She's 91. She lives with me here. They were going to arrest me and… like all my personal belongings and my home was going to become debri."
Kakaygeesick says he's reached a tentative agreement with the Red Lake Tribe. They've agreed to pay for moving his trailer and belongings to a new location.
However, Kakaygeesick says there still hasn't been an agreement on how much he should be paid for his land.