Minnesota wolf policy should include Ojibwe perspective

  • Article by: Clint Carroll
  • Updated: March 13, 2013 - 9:42 AM

What we regard coldly as ‘wolf management’ should include tribes’ perspectives.

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envy5000Mar. 12, 13 9:48 PM

As an inherent resource, the natural fauna should be managed by professionals. It may be the Ojibwe's cultural values that a wolf is a 'brother'. The Ojibwe, must also recognize that 20th Century America includes a wide variety of ethnic groups and cultural values. The old adage that they remain head and shoulder more than equal the rest of Americans as evidenced in this commentary needs to be laid to rest. These decisions shouldn't be made on religious values, emotional or irrational arguments. They should be decided through established biological/natural resources management practices.

rykytrMar. 12, 1311:39 PM

Ojibwa culture? You mean the culture of packing up and leaving an area after you have hunted it out of game, using rivers as sewage services, attacking neighboring tribes for their land and women, not having a clue what the wheel was when other cultures were sailing the oceans, etc. etc. etc. NO thanks.

MimiMar. 12, 1311:46 PM

Thank you, Clint Carroll. I am not Native American but I support your position and that of the tribes 100%. I am deeply disturbed by the ongoing insensitivity of the DNR and others – and particularly Commissioner Landwehr – when it comes to addressing cultural concerns and considerations raised by the Native American tribes. I hear endlessly that “hunting and trapping” is part of Minnesota’s “culture” and "heritage" and must be protected, yet when it comes to showing any respect for the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the tribes, Landwehr is quoted as saying, “it’s not the department’s job to consider cultural arguments while managing the wolf hunt.” In a canned email response to those of us opposed to her efforts to de-list the wolves, even Klobuchar stated that management of the wolves was to be turned over to the State AND THE TRIBES. Envy5000 - there are many things in this state that need to be "laid to rest." Respect for the beliefs of others is not one of those things! P.S. Welcome to the 21st century!

lrolf23Mar. 13, 13 3:28 AM

The DNR are nothing more than an state agency touting the interests of ranchers, hunters and trappers. What about that signifies professional management? The DNR are making sure their stakeholders get what they want while ensuring their control over the lives or deaths of various native species including the Gray Wolves. The DNR represents their stakeholders but no one is representing the interests of the over 75% of Minnesotans who oppose the wolf hunt. Until the majority Minnesotans are fairly represented on the wolf hunt issue and science not politics govern this discussion we had better reinstate the Five Year Moratorium!

ontherecordMar. 13, 13 6:30 AM

rykytr: "Ojibwa culture? You mean the culture of packing up and leaving an area after you have hunted it out of game, using rivers as sewage services, attacking neighboring tribes for their land and women, not having a clue what the wheel was when other cultures were sailing the oceans, etc. etc. etc. NO thanks." You mock what you cannot understand. Their culture has as much or more value than yours. they respect the past and their heritage while you look to technological improvements to define your life. Native Americans were, in many ways, more civilized than the Europeans that slaughtered them and imprisoned them on small reservations. Hopefully, your disrespect for their culture is not shared by most in the legislature or in Minnesota as a whole. If it is, it is a sad commentary on us, not the Ojibwa.

shadesofgrayMar. 13, 13 6:52 AM

As a member of the dominant culture, I, too, am sickened and saddened that the wolves are referred to as resources and the hunt is coldly described as management. Seeing the pictures of the wolves killed last year during the hunt was a terrible reminder to me of the lack of respect for all things living. For those who want to list the things that happened in the history of the Ojibwa culture, let's list the same things about the 'white' culture. Pointing fingers goes both ways.

Willy53Mar. 13, 13 6:54 AM

Thank you Mr. Carroll for this commentary reminding us of the cultural roots of both the tribes and the DNR. The real tragedy here is that people like Envy500 and Tom Landwher have rejected the idea that tribal lands have any rights with respect to their natural resources or that they be allowed to define the natural world as their culture has done so for centuries. Tom Landwher comes from a culture of hunting and trapping that sees the wolf as a sport and a trophy while also conceding to the typical hunter's hysterical perspective of wolves that has no basis in fact or otherwise. Yes, Landwher demands that his culture be ascendant on tribal lands because of the few isolated private properties that exist within those lands that also adhere to his hunting culture. Mr. Landwher's actions to deny native Americans the right to protect the wolf within their tribal lands is arrogant and racist beyond debate. In fact, for this reason alone Landwher should be removed from his post as DNR Commissioner. Landwher has disregarded accepted and suggested Federal delisting waiting periods to pander to the hunting and trapping lobby in his misguided stewardship of the wolf from delisting. He should be dismissed for that action as well. I will be glad when people like Landwher are gone from the DNR and the new generation of ecologists and conservationsists are free from the ignorant, uninformed and selfish, concocted cultural view of nature that arise from a game management perspective. The open season on wolves should be retracted for at least the wating period and native Minnesotans should be given the right to protect the wolf on their own lands.

veritacaputMar. 13, 13 6:58 AM

OK, fine, but in the marketplace of cultural values, let's not forget to include the values of those who are frustrated by livestock loss due to excessive wolf numbers. The idea that Native American values trump all others is ridiculous.

EleanoreMar. 13, 13 7:23 AM

The legislature should be listening to the 70-80% of all Minnesotans who said a hunting season was not the right management tool to maintain the size of the population at a reasonable level while targeting only problem wolves for removal at this population density. Science, public opinion, and Minnesota’s cultural values were all ignored here in favor of profit for party campaigns and outdoor hunting profiteers. Passing this bill setting a moratorium is the responsible thing to do.

bjdimondMar. 13, 13 7:23 AM

"Because viable alternative management approaches exist, the Minnesota DNR is overtly taking a cultural stance as long as it directs an organized wolf hunt." In other words, if you don't agree with me you are a racist. Great way to couch an argument.


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