Reviving Ojibwe spiritual traditions, one pet at a time

  • Elaine Fleming, of Cass Lake, Minn., stands outside of her home where she takes in stray and abandoned cats. In the background, friends Rick Haaland and Preston Lassman stuff straw under Elaine's front steps to provide shelter for the cats on Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Jack Rendulich)

CASS LAKE, Minnesota — Animal neglect used to be such a problem on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, with basic services like sterilization out of reach for many due to poverty and remoteness, that packs of stray dogs would sometimes bring traffic to a halt on the main highway.