Leech Lake Native American Tribe of Minnesota Weds First Gay Couple

Wooley and Dahl

Fifteen years after meeting each other in an Oregon bar, decades of debating whether to marry or not, having plans shattered by California's Prop 8, and spending 2 years fighting for their right to marry on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Arnold Dahl and Matthew Wooley finally tied the knot.

It was the first same-sex marriage on the Minnesota reservation.

After returning to the reservation 10 years ago to visit Arnold's father, the couple decided to stay and purchased and renovated the Lake Winnibigoshish General Store, which was owned by Arnold's family. They are now the proprietors and hope to set a positive example for others, particularly after receiving some backlash from community members who disapproved of their relationship. Arnold was raised on the reservation and remembers having few role models to look up to and seek advice from. He hopes that he and his husband can make a difference and break down barriers in their community just by being who they are.


  1. Endorado says

    We should have gotten rid of these drunken blights on our nation by the end of the 19th century. I don’t know why we put up with these immoral slot jockeys.

  2. oncemorewithfeeling says

    I’m amazed anyone at all advertises here. I won’t even link to a Trollroad article on social media because I don’t want anyone I know to know I read this site.

    I like most of the posts, though many are days behind every other news source I read, but the comments section is usually only good for heckling the trolls and the people who feed them (which I will never understand).

  3. Keppler says

    If they met 15 years ago, how can they have spent “decades of debating whether to marry or not”? One decade at most. Think you’re getting wound up in your own rhetoric.

  4. Liam says

    Wow! An article about another group finally allowing gay marriage and all the comments here are about how irrelevant this is, racist barbs at indians and right wing barbs about liberals. This is a joyous thing. Lets celebrate it. Andy why don’t you moderate this site better? It can be done.

  5. RonCharles says

    Congratulations and best wishes to both Arnold Dahl and Matthew Wooley! It is to be hoped that they will be positive role models to all the young men and women, gay and straight, growing up on the Leech Lake Indian reservation.

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