Chippewa to fish early in treaty clash

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 21, 2010 - 11:40 PM

Two bands will flout state law by fishing May 14, saying 1854 treaty granted rights to most of northern Minnesota.

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Bubba2mApr. 21, 1012:25 PM

Who really cares??????

nailgun2Apr. 21, 1012:27 PM

And that's why...Leech Lake and White Earth bands members will defy state law and fish from Lake Bemidji on May 14, the day before the state's walleye opener. Oh...that will really cool things down.

ifallsronApr. 21, 1012:27 PM

Picking Lake Bemidji is symbolic at best. There's barely enough fish there to satisfy the local anglers. How about overfishing Red lakes again?

jgoff21Apr. 21, 1012:27 PM

Just boycot their casinos and see how long it takes to change their minds. Better yet seeing as they want to act and be treated like a soveriegn nation. I say give them what they want. Cut of all federal funding!!

guitareApr. 21, 1012:27 PM

Wait a minute...break the law to avoid tension...wouldn't that create tension?

doctor2687Apr. 21, 1012:29 PM

If there rights were upheld at the Supreme Court 10 years ago to do this, what is the issue? Please complete the article Strib.

worldcitizenApr. 21, 1012:31 PM

In an 1850 Executive Order, President Taylor ordered the Chippewa's removal from the ceded territory and revoked their usufructuary rights - hunting, fishing, and gathering rights on the ceded land, given "during the pleasure of the President of the United States" (1837 treaty). The Indians argued that 153 years ago their ancestors didn't understand the "plain meaning" of the treaty and understood the treaty to mean something else. The Supreme Court agreed.

worldcitizenApr. 21, 1012:32 PM

President Taylor's decision wasn't made for no reason, but was an effort to reduce various violent conficts between Indians and settlers.

motorguyApr. 21, 1012:33 PM

No matter what side of the fence you sit on, it's going to get ugly folks. I well remember when the Mille Lacs Band took it to the Supreme Court. There were tensions up north that bordered on frightening.

kastawayApr. 21, 1012:42 PM

let them do what they want. JUST DO NOT FISH ON ANY LAKES THAT NATIVE AMERICANS SPEAR/GILL NET/ETC. If only the state wouldn't keep re-stocking.........oh well, at least we have unlimited funds.


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