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DNR’s plan to divert funds intended for habitat purchases draws fire

Dennis Anderson March 13, 2021

How seriously the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) led by Commissioner Sarah Strommen has blundered in its ongoing attempt to change the law governing expenditures from the Critical Habitat Program account remains to be seen.

But blundered it has.

Laid bare a few weeks ago, when Gov. Tim Walz’s budget was unveiled, showed the DNR’s hoped-for switcheroo. They would allow money from an approximately $25 million stockpile gained through sale of the state’s special Critical Habitat license plates to be used for fish and wildlife research, population assessments and other DNR work-a-day purposes. This, rather than, as the law requires, would be used to purchase habitat deemed critical to the continued existence of Minnesota fish and wildlife.

Virtually every major conservation group and many smaller sportsmen’s clubs and organizations […]

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Habitat plates veer from their intended mission

By DENNIS ANDERSON danderson@startribune.com February 7, 2021

Minnesota’s Critical Habitat license plates are increasingly popular with vehicle owners. But with record-level revenue from the plates’ sale, the DNR is purchasing less habitat than ever. Now the DNR wants to direct some of the money toward research and monitoring, among other uses.

Dedicated accounts are the backbone of American conservation. Beginning with establishment of the federal duck stamp in the 1930s, such funds have helped the U.S. retain a semblance of its original open lands, clean waters, fish, and wildlife.

By law, for example, 98% of funds derived from sales of federal duck stamps must be used to protect wetlands and associated habitats through purchases of land or acquiring it by leases or easements.

Thus the funds are […]

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Mille Lacs Band’s Boundary Lawsuit on hold for Appeals Court decision

PERM is reporting on the Mille Lacs Messenger’s recent article to keep this issue before the public, and to encourage support for equal protection of the law for all Minnesota citizens.

Briefly, on December 21 U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in favor of the Mille Lacs Band’s lawsuit over the boundary issue. The County’s position is that the 1855 Treaty Reservation was terminated by Congress through subsequent treaties, statutes, and agreements. Tribal policing efforts thus are limited to the 3,500-acres of trust land being considered a reservation. The Mille Lacs Band position is that the boundaries have never been dissolved by Congress and policing jurisdiction covers the entire dis-established reservation.

The lawsuit claimed that Mille Lacs County’s position on policing jurisdiction, including County Attorney Joe Walsh and Mille Lacs County […]

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Court sets next steps in reservation boundary dispute

Both parties to the Mille Lacs reservation boundary dispute in U.S. District Court made requests for Summary Judgement. While summary judgments can sometimes lead to a quick resolution, there won’t be one in this case. The question of the Court actually having the jurisdiction to make a decision has led to the court stepping back and asking both parties for legal briefs on the jurisdictional issue. T.A.LeBrun’s report outlines various scenarios and options for litigation that could lead all the way to the Supreme Court.

From PERM’s perspective, the outcome of this case could have a significant impact on access to hunting and fishing for non-tribal citizens within the dis-established Mille Lacs reservation.

Read more below.

Boundary Battle

By T.A.LeBrun, Editor, Mille Lacs Messenger

March 23, 2021, A summary judgment hearing regarding the Mille Lacs […]

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Early and late season walleye harvest to be allowed on Mille Lacs in 2021

March 23, 2021         Early-season walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep one walleye 21-23 inches long or one longer than 28 inches. Summer will bring catch-and-release walleye fishing, with a mid-season closure, before the potential for a one-fish limit returns in the fall.

“Lower walleye harvest this winter is allowing us to offer some open-water walleye harvest this year,” said Brad Parsons, fisheries section manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We’re glad Mille Lacs anglers will have the chance to keep a walleye on opening weekend and Memorial Day weekend — two of the most popular times to fish during the year. We also hope to be able to allow some harvest this fall.”

The one-fish walleye limit will be in place from Saturday, May 15, […]

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Can MnDOT highway signs help create a ‘reservation’?

Recently, Joe Fellegy called out Gov. Walz, AG Ellison, MnDOT, over the latest tactic driving the Mille Lacs ‘reservation’ narrative. “Those new ‘Mille Lacs Indian Reservation’ signs,” Joe Fellegy, Mille Lacs Messenger, Feb 24, 2021.

These signs quietly appeared just in time for the Mille Lacs Band’s annual State of the Band Address. The signage followed Gov. Walz and AG Ellison’s very public siding with tribal claims that the long-dis-established Mille Lacs reservation still exists. In his commentary, Fellegy points out that regardless of any signage, “state officials, no matter what their branch of government, cannot create or resurrect an Indian reservation.” Then adds, “But they can play politics.”

Fellegy wonders whether state officials will defend state and citizen interests or bow to politics and support the agendas of modern tribal governments. […]

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UPDATED Mille Lacs County sidelined, left in dark over boundary claims

Governor Walz snd Attorney General Ellison’s decision to change the State’s long-held opinion on the current boundary of the Mille Lacs reservation is a critical issue for all Minnesotans.

Last week T.A. LeBrun reported on a letter from Mille Lacs County Commissioners to Gov. Walz and Attorney General Ellison “Mille Lacs County sends letter to Gov. Walz and Attorney General Ellison” Mille Lacs Messenger, Feb 10, 2021.

The Commissioners wrote about the 1855 Mille Lacs Band’s boundary signs around the original 61,000-acre reservation. They “were very disappointed these road signs were installed without any collaboration or communication.” Commissioners first learned about the signs from County residents. (Letter available here). Commissioners recognized signage touting disputed reservation boundaries was the direct result of Walz and Ellison’s decision to change the State’s long-held […]

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Scams, shams, and lies promote ‘treaty rights’ causes?

Joe Fellegy weighs in on a Q & A interview with himself. In this excerpt, he clarifies a common misperception that gets in the way of transparency and accountability.

Fellegy takes on relevant questions from … Fellegy
Joe Fellegy Rocking the Boat Outdoor News February 12, 2021

Q: We’ve entered a new year and a new decade. Some lookbacks?

A: Hmm. Too many outdoor issues to discuss here. Talk fishing, hunting, or other outdoor topics with almost anybody these days, and the chat often turns to our broader political climate, which some call messy, distracting, etc.

In my view, giant scams, shams, and outright lies promote the various “treaty rights” causes. And too often, state and federal officials dodge truth and fail to defend state and citizen interests.

Q. Giant scams? Outright lies? Get specific, eh?

A: […]

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