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Is the DNR shadow banning MLFAC?

Buried MLFAC meeting notice excludes citizen participation

PERM encourages Minnesotans concerned about the Mille Lacs Lake and economy surviving “co-management” to attend (now ZOOM) Mille Lacs Fishery Advisory Committee meetings. Committee members deserve and could use citizen support for their often thankless and sidelined efforts to help the DNR’s political bureaucracy make “co-management” work.

According to the DNR, “Members of the public may observe MLFAC meetings,” They even get fifteen minutes “reserved for public comments and questions.”

That’s looking like a hollow promise.

PERM monitors all DNR press releases for upcoming meetings so we can get the word out. The Monday October 12 meeting was announced in a DNR release sent out (after business hours) on Friday, October 9 at 5:26 pm. This was for a 4:30 meeting on Monday, (Columbus Day) a national […]

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Mille Lacs County faces conflict of interest

County’s legal autonomy could be undermined

As a conservation group, PERM has always followed Minnesota citizens’ response to Mille Lacs Band claims of the existence of the long-disestablished reservation. Our concern is the protection of natural resources for benefit of all citizens. Mark Utne’s Letter to the Editor, “Conflict of interest? Mille Lacs Messenger, September 30, 2020” is a good example of why we do. (Letter below.)

Currently, the Mille Lacs Band is suing Mille Lacs County over a law enforcement agreement between the County and the Band. The sticking point is whether the agreement covers the entire claimed–but long since disestablished–61,000-acre reservation and not just the current 3,500-acres of trust land serving as a “reservation.”

If a tribal member is elected to the Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners, that person would […]

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Will Mille Lacs Co-Management plan avoid discrimination?

While attending the virtual MLFAC meeting, a couple of weeks ago, it became clearer to me how the MN DNR’s role in the lake’s co-management may still be discriminating against non-tribal anglers.

They are charged with the job of protecting our Natural Resources for all Minnesotans. But that’s not happening. Instead, under the current co-management of Mille Lacs, the DNR’s focus has been on hasty solutions—that hang around forever. “Mis-management” if you ask me. Plenty of walleyes are still there. Proper management is not!

Mille Lacs Messenger Editor Traci Lebrun’s August 20 report on that MLFAC meeting, MLFAC committee discusses remainder of walleye season, is a good overview of the meeting. It includes details that I believe relate to discrimination.

The DNR admits that neither they nor the Tribal governments have a […]

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MLFAC ONLINE! Thursday Aug 6th Signup by NOON

Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee meeting will be online
(Plenty of room, No Travel)

PERM encourages everyone to sign up for the next MLFAC meeting. The virtual meeting still has an opportunity for anyone to make comments or ask questions.

It is very convenient so hope you can make it.
Doug,
Douglas Meyenburg
President, PERM

Notice of Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee meeting

The Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee (MLFAC) will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, via online videoconference. The agenda will cover updates on the in-progress lake management plan and 1837 Fisheries Technical Committee’s management strategy, the current fishing season, and committee member recruitment.

Members of the public may observe MLFAC meetings, but these meetings serve primarily as a way for the committee to hold group discussions. Fifteen minutes are reserved for public […]

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Great fishing is a problem for Mille Lacs?

‘Co-management’ continues to throw Mille Lacs further out of balance

Steve Johnson tells it like it is. In his opinion piece in the Mille Lacs Messenger, Great fishing is a problem? July 24, 2020, he explains just how co-management’s arbitrary goals are doing more harm than good.

Check out his common-sense recommendations, (below) which he and members of the MLFAC Committee have often presented at their meetings.

Then challenge your candidates for office with some of these recommendations and find out if they could ever be part of a solution.

Doug
Douglas Meyenburg, President PERM

Great fishing is a problem?

By Steve Johnson, Mille Lacs Messenger, Jul 24, 2020

For years I’ve been saying, “Mille Lacs Lake is the only place in the world where great fishing can be a problem.”

I have been involved in and aware […]

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Supreme Court McGirt v Oklahoma ruling is no setback for Minnesota

McGirt vs. Oklahoma ruling: the exception that proves the rule. The rule being, according to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, ‘treaties matter’

The Mille Lacs Messenger recently discussed implications this ruling could have on the Mille Lacs Band’s lawsuit against Mille Lacs County. “Supreme Court ruling regarding Oklahoma reservation” T.A. LeBrun, Jul 17, 2020.

This is a long read but well worth the time if you want to understand all the implications for the McGirt ruling on related legal efforts in Minnesota. Our starting point in listing a few takeaways below is that PERM honors all treaties as written.

The Supreme Court in McGirt v Oklahoma ruled recently that the disestablishment of the Muscogee Creek Nation’s reservation in Oklahoma was never properly completed.

The McGirt case was over the claim that a 1997 […]

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DNR putting ML walleye ‘off limits’ discriminates

Mille Lacs Lake is closed for targeting catch and release walleyes from July 1-31

PERM believes this is in violation of state and federal discrimination laws since it only applies to NON-TRIBAL members. Tribal members may continue to harvest 10 walleyes per angler per day with no size limit.

That’s discrimination, plain and simple!

And it’s totally unwarranted. As Joe Fellegy points out in a recent article, Wrong Mille Lacs-Red Lake Comparisons (Excerpt from Rocking the Boat By Joe Fellegy, Outdoor News, June 19, 2020). “There is nothing in the Mille Lacs biosphere justifying extremist regs prohibiting state-licensed anglers from keeping any walleyes.”

Joe Fellegy is again unraveling the Mille Lacs is “another Red Lake” misconception. He confirms the difference by quoting Tom Heinrich, the DNR’s Mille Lacs area fisheries supervisor. Heinrich said, “The […]

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Congratulations PERM Raffle Winners!

Here are the winners of PERM’s Spring Legal Fund Raffle.

June 1, 2020

I really enjoyed visiting with the winners I called about their good news.
Only wish PERM could have a prize for every one of our supporters.

Thank You! to everyone who entered the raffle. We are encouraged by the
strong support from so many of our members. You make it possible for PERM
to stand up for all Minnesotans.

Again, thanks for your support. Visit us at perm.org and on Facebook
(comment, like, share too).

Doug,
Douglas Meyenburg,
President, PERM

Chris S. Little Falls Henry Golden Boy .22 Long Rifle
Thomas L. Minneapolis Ruger Predator 6.5 Creedmore
John G. Stillwater Ruger American 7mm-08 Remington
Dick K. […]

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