Wis. tribes shut down high school band at Capitol

CREATED Apr. 9, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The annual State of the Tribes speech at the state Capitol is off to an awkward start.

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Chairman Gordon Thayer is scheduled to give the annual State of the Tribes address in the state Assembly chamber Tuesday.

The tribes had planned to march around the Capitol with a drum before heading into the chamber.

But rain forced the tribes inside.

They walked into the Capitol rotunda, where the Melrose-Mindoro High School band was playing a lunch-hour set.

When the band finished a number, the tribes pulled out their drum. Members began pounding on it and singing, forcing the school band director to pause.

After several minutes the tribes stopped. They packed up their drum and the band resumed playing.