Inger, Minnesota


It is a cdp (Census Designated Place) within Leech Lake Reservation. Below are several links to google earth photos of Inger, Minnesota. Inger has 56 housing units. According to a 2010 census, population of Inger, Minnesota is 212. Average per person household average is nearly 4.0 persons per housing unit which is normal for Chippewa settlements. Native Americans make up 92% of Ingers population. Inger is located in LLR's northeast where old Winnibigoshish Reservation was located. It's 6.75 miles or 10.9 kilometers northeast of Lake Winnibigoshish. That "osh" is an Ojibway diminutive. A wikipedia page claims this lakes name as being derived from "Wiinibiig." It supposedly means Filthy Water. Dirty in Ojibway is "Win-na." Water in Ojibway is "Ni-bi." So it don't make sense! Supposedly there's the diminutive and also a pejorative. The pejorative is "ish." However, it has another meaning. The "g" may represent a past tense! So "Dirty Watered or Water Dirtied" could be it's correct meaning! Of course, that indicates Lake Winnibigoshish was made dirty by humans or nature. So "Win-na Ni-bi'Gosh Ish" may be it's correct pronunciation! Dirty Little Watered Disapproval. Ojibway People's way of expressing their contempt at what happened to their lake or Reservation! Their way of letting people of this time know that Lake Winnibigoshish was polluted. Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba has the same meaning. Without the diminutive and pejorative! It simply means "Dirty Watered." Lake Winnipigosis in Manitoba is similar yet is pronounced different or written different. So "Win-na Ni-pi'Gos Is" also means "Dirty Little Watered Disapproval." It's interesting and also suspicious! Could have been Ojibway leaders way of letting on that their Reserves were violated! And Winnebago also represents likewise. It should be pronounced "Win-na Ni-ba-go." It may mean "Dirty Watered People." The Ojibway People's way of describing a swindle they dealt with! They were set aside an Ojibway Reservation adjacent to Lake Winnebago. They were lied to then left. They now live in South Dakota and Nebraska and west Wisconsin. They no longer know who they are! Except those at old Winnibigoshish Reservation!



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