Arne Vainio is half Finnish and half Ojibwa – the tragic death of a family member on the reservation changed his life’s direction.

In September 2017, the Finnish journalist, Johannes Kotkavirta, interviewed Mavis Mantila after she spoke at the Convocation Ceremony for FinnFestUSA 2017. Among other selected members of the Finnish diaspora, Ms. Mantila welcomed President Sauli Niinistö to Minnesota on behalf of Ojibwa Finnish Americans. She also made a connection between the journalist and her friend, Dr. Arne Vainio, who was also interviewed and described in this article. Karen Ba who translated this article is a friend of Mavis Mantila and of Finnish parentage.

The article is available in both Finnish and English language. You can click on the links below and learn all about Arne Vainio.

Article in Finnish:

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