From the Chairman

By Pat Doroff

Well, here we are in the midst of another Minnesota winter. My how the seasons fly by. I hope everyone had a great fall with lots of great hunting and fishing. I also hope everyone had a joyful Holiday season!

I’m sure everyone has heard about the relaxed slot limits for Mille Lacs Lake ice anglers this winter. While this is welcome news to many who enjoy the Mille Lacs ice fishing scene, it sure does highlight what a confusing, unstable and unsettling proposition treaty fisheries management is. More on this subject later.

First, I want to call your attention to a new fund we have set up to help attain our goal of one day reversing the Mille Lacs Treaty case outcome. We all know how difficult, yet extremely important, it is to get our information and point of view out to the general public, media and government officials. We often confront unlimited casino dollars and a biased media in our efforts to make our voices heard.

The only way we can change the outcome of the Mille Lacs treaty case, and successfully thwart other actions by tribal governments that affect your rights, and natural resource management is to get our message across. To do this, we need your help! We have set up a new fund called our Education & Information Fund. Donations to this fund will be used for such things as our quarterly newsletter, which is currently mailed out to over twenty-thousand addresses, including our state and federal elected officials, many local government officials, local and national media, and thousands of sportsmen and other concerned citizens. Money from this fund can also be used for important things like press releases, information packets, web site, educational books and materials.

If you’re not a member, but appreciate receiving the PERM Newsletter, or a member who would like to help us with this important effort, please consider making a donation to the Education & Information Fund by simply filling out the form and following the instructions found in this publication.

We have received fabulous feedback on the Indian Claims Commission article published in the October, 2001, issue of the PERM Newsletter. If you would like additional copies, please write us and we will be happy to send you some. This article, as well as most of the information in previous issues of our newsletter, can be found on-line at our web site (www.perm.org). Our web site is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in treaty rights, the Mille Lacs Treaty case and other natural resource management issues. Take some time to visit us on-line!

It’s time to mark your calendar for our Annual Gourmet Wild Game Dinner! You won’t want to miss this chance for a great game dinner, with live music, lots of raffles, both a silent and live auction and the latest information on the new five-year management plan for Mille Lacs Lake. For details on how to order tickets, see the advertisement on page 8 of this newsletter.

As you can see from the lead article of this publication, PERM is planning to keep fighting for an equitable solution to sharing the natural resources in the 1837 Treaty area, particularly as they pertain to Mille Lacs Lake and the Chippewa’s new five-year harvest plan for the lake. This is going to be a hard and costly undertaking, given the State of Minnesota’s past record of not standing up for sportsmen, property owners and taxpayers in their dealings with tribal demands. We will keep you posted as things develop over the coming months. I hope we can count on your continued support. The future of sport angling at Mille Lacs Lake depends upon it!