From the Chairman


PERM releases new print in the "Save Minnesota" series...

Attention all you wildlife art enthusiasts, we are proud to announce that we are ready to release the third print in our "Save Minnesota" series of limited edition wildlife art prints. Another masterpiece created by renowned artist and long time PERM supporter James Merger, "Ready to Rise - Ruffed Grouse", is without a doubt the most detailed recreation of our most popular upland game bird. A black and white image of the print can be seen along with information on how to order your print on page six of this newsletter. I recommend asking us for one of our full color image cards if you have any doubts about the beauty of this work of art. This print isn't just for the den. This colorful, vertical format, signed and numbered print will look great anywhere in your home, from the bedroom to the living room! All of you who have purchased the series #1 and series #2 prints will be sent a complimentary color image card. We will reserve the same print number for you in series #3 "Ready to Rise" as you have on your previous prints, until the end of the year.

ICCA work started...

Over the summer months, our attorney has begun work on a treatise on the Indian Claims Commission Act passed by Congress to deal with tribal treaty claims in 1946. Currently there is no scholarly document that lawyers and judges alike can refer to regarding this important defense to Indian treaty rights claims. This may be the one argument that can overturn the adverse outcome of the Mille Lacs Treaty case.

BWCA ruling does not square with rulings in Mille Lacs case...

It seems the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has come to it's senses. In a recent ruling involving treaty rights to hunt and fish, the Court said that "A motorboat, all-terrain vehicle, or helicopter for that matter, may make it easier to reach a preferred fishing or hunting spot within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, but the use of such motorized conveyances is not part and parcel of the protected act of hunting and fishing." The court denied the claims of three Chippewa Indians that they could use all available technology to hunt and fish as part of their rights under an 1854 treaty. For more details in the case, see the last part of Outdoor News editor Rob Drieslein's article on page one of this issue.

I applaud the Court's decision in this case, but I am dumbfounded as to why the same logic did not apply in the Mille Lacs 1837 Treaty case. In that case, as you recall, the courts ruled that the tribes could use all available modern methods to harvest fish and game. I believe this gives us a very strong leg to stand on in the negotiations regarding harvest issues in the Fond du Lac 1854 Treaty case, as well as in negotiations with the tribes in the Mille Lacs case after the current five-year phase-in period is concluded. PERM will press hard to allow only traditional Chippewa methods and equipment for tribal harvest. This will allow ample opportunity for tribal members to maintain culture and provide for religious ceremonies. No nylon gill nets, no high power spot lights for spearing fish or shooting game, and no commercial harvest!

Deer Hunter's Supper on November 3rd....

Don't worry about cooking dinner at deer camp on Friday night before the Minnesota firearms deer hunting opener. Let PERM do the work for you. For more details, see the ad on page eight of this issue.

Reformer and activist dies...

Supporters of reforming federal Indian policy lost a great leader and activist in August. Scott Kayla Morrison, attorney and President of Citizens Equal Rights Foundation, passed away on August 8th at the age of 49. Civil rights and the Indian Child Welfare Act were two of Ms. Morrison's main concerns. A member of the Choctaw tribe, Scott saw first hand how harmful federal Indian policy was to Indian people as well as non-Indians. In 1990, she received the Phillip Hubbard Human Rights Award for her work. She became an advocate for change in federal Indian policy and tribal government. She believed that the best way to improve the conditions for Indian people was to extend the full protection of the U.S. Constitution to all individuals living in Indian country.

Many of you have read her commentary in past issues of this newsletter. Some of the more fortunate ones among you got to meet and hear her speak at our annual Wild Game Dinner last March. Scott Kayla Morrison was a brave, intelligent, loving and caring person, dedicated to making this Country a better place for all citizens to live. She will be dearly missed by all.

Remember to vote...

Please, take the time to exercise your right and responsibility as a citizen, and go to the polls on election day, November 7, 2000! PERM can not endorse candidates, but I can assure you that this election may be the most important election in the history of our republic. If you want to protect your ever-shrinking freedom, if you care about the Constitution and the principles upon which our great nation was founded, then educate yourselves on the positions of all the candidates and vote accordingly.

Deer hunters, don't forget to get your absentee ballots. For more information see the article by Doug Meyenburg on the pages of this issue. It's simple to do, and terribly important that you do your part.