. . . from the blog
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 […]
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.
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 […]
‘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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
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. […]
How is this not discrimination? Why is this not surprising?
By Rob Drieslein, Outdoor News, May 15, 2020
Tribal harvest had been underway on Lake Mille Lacs in the weeks leading up to the state opener. Tom Jones, DNR state treaty coordinator, said that as of May 5, three bands had taken a combined 30,125 pounds of their 62,200 walleye quota. Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, and Wisconsin’s Lac du Flambeau band fished the lake this year. The other five Wisconsin bands that signed the 1837 Treaty stayed home.
I asked Melissa Treml, DNR Fisheries research manager, if the state had any objections to Wisconsin bands traveling to Minnesota to take walleyes in the treaty area given pandemic protocols. She said Gov. Tim Walz’s original stay-at-home order included an exception for […]
Principles of Native American journalist Bill Lawrence are needed today
Joe Fellegy in “Principles of journalist Lawrence needed today” writes about Bill Lawrence, Editor of Native American Press/Ojibwe News on the 10th anniversary of Lawrence’s death. Outdoor News March 14, 2020. (See below)
He recognizes Lawrence’s leadership and courage in calling for transparency and accountability as they dealt with State and Federal governments. A critical point always made by Lawrence was the importance of understanding the difference “between the Indians—meaning the people—and what he called today’s “Indian industry.”
Lawrence, formerly from the Red Lake reservation, asked hard questions about information often kept from Minnesotans and tribal members alike. He asked questions about following the money and power players behind today’s tribal related issues—“Pipeline politics. Mining issues. ‘Treaty rights’ harvests.”