From the archive: What happened at Red Lake?

Tribal Chair Floyd Jourdain Jr. briefed the media.
Red Lake Nation Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. briefed the media on March 22, 2005, a day after the shootings.
Scott Olson | Getty Images 2005

Original broadcast date: March 25, 2005

Residents of the Red Lake reservation in northern Minnesota struggled to understand a March 21, 2005, shooting that left 10 people dead and seven injured.

The gunman, 16-year-old Jeff Wiese, a student at Red Lake High School, killed himself afterward.

"What Happened in Red Lake?" aired on MPR News the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after the shooting. It explains how the day unfolded; what was known about Wiese; and what makes this sovereign Indian community different from other communities.

The special also examines the shooting within the context of other school shootings.

Red Lake: 10 years later

Ten years ago, on March 21, 2005, 16-year-old Jeff Wiese shot his grandfather, his grandfather's partner and seven of his classmates at Red Lake High School before shooting himself.

For four people who lived through the shootings that day, the trauma has echoed in ways that would have been hard to predict, from where they find comfort to how they sit when they're in public.

Feeling scars at Red Lake 10 years later

The victims

How the day unfolded

From the MPR News archive

Survivors talk about the shooting, days later

Explaining tribal sovereignty

Full coverage of the 2005 shootings

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