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The US Supreme Court did not order the State of MN, or the MN DNR, to discriminate in the Mille Lacs Treaty Case!
The 1837 Treaty did not promote discrimination; it did exactly the opposite. The treaties were promoting equal rights. Currently, the so-called “co-management” of Mille Lacs Lake discriminates–different rules for tribal vs. non-tribal anglers and hunters.
A main point of a recent Mille Lacs Messenger article, “County attorney and sheriff file lawsuit against State of Minn,” (below) is about efforts to recognize the historical 61,000-acre reservation. Recognizing that long dis-established reservation would expand discriminatory co-management law over another 56,000 acres regulating the harvest of wild game and fish based on race.
Those of us who attended the hearing back in the early ’90s can remember testimony by MN DNR and […]
Lawsuit part of campaign to expand “harvest rights” across entire 1855 ceded territory
Take a look at the Brainerd Dispatch article below by Jennifer Kraus. It’s the latest development in a case over illegal gill netting of walleye on Gull Lake.
We need to watch this case over an attempt to establish “treaty harvest rights” that are non-existent in the 1855 Treaty. In addition to creating such rights, the definition of “harvest rights” would be greatly expanded to include “property” rights. If successful, the attempt could turn the entire 1855 Treaty ceded territory into another [greatly expanded] Mille Lacs fiasco.
Douglas Meyenburg, President, PERM
By Jennifer Kraus | Dec 20th, 2019
This case began when two Ojibwe men […]
By Clare Fitz — CERA Report Member Update — December 2019
The economy of and surrounding Mille Lacs Lake, located 100 miles north of Minneapolis-St Paul, whose economy for many many years has been based on Walleye fishing and the tourism built around it, once known as the Walleye Capitol of the World, is being destroyed. Why?
Perhaps a little history is in order because I continue to believe that what we face at Mille Lacs is basically a land grab and with the land goes jurisdiction and power. And while on the surface it appears that the Indian tribes are the culprit, we have been able to prove through archival research that the culprit is actually the federal government […]
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Joe Fellegy highlights obvious questions in his latest article, Mille Lacs news cycle breaks records, raises questions, Outdoor News, November 15, 2019. Many of these are questions that get buried in the well-organized agendas at MLFAC meetings that are forever wrestling with the “co-management” of the Mille Lacs fishery. These are the same questions I’ve heard (or recognized from between the lines) time and again at the MLFAC meetings I have attended.
High on the list is the “endless uncertainty” borne by the Mille Lacs angling community. That’s the biggest takeaway after hearing the DNR’s reports that make up a large part of every meeting, which blends the scientific with guesstimates, political tiptoeing, and the occasional dead silence.
MLFAC meetings are well run and respectful with a sliver of […]
Why is there no real transparency when the decisions made behind closed doors? The co-management decisions effect all residents of MN, not just the local stakeholders. If in fact Mille Lacs is being managed biologically, than net locations should be changed to reflect the changes in the lake. Politics must be taken out of these decisions!
See Mille Lacs Messenger story below
By T.A. LeBrun firstname.lastname@example.org Oct 30, 2019
DNR shares preliminary fish population data and online survey results
The Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee (MLFAC) met Oct. 14 at Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort to hear from the Department of Natural Resource (DNR) regarding their lake management planning process and to review the results of the summer online survey conducted by the […]
Steve Johnson, writing in Mille Lacs Messenger, weighs in on the DNR’s co-management of Mille Lacs walleye.
It’s come to this …
By Steve Johnson Mille Lacs Messenger Oct 25, 2019
I’m convinced the Minnesota DNR can no longer guarantee that the anglers of Minnesota can fish for walleye on Mille Lacs Lake for a full season–even if the lake’s population of walleye is at record levels.
So you may ask, why can’t we as anglers of the State of Minnesota partake in the long-established tradition and economically important activity of fishing for walleye on Mille Lacs Lake?
The answer is the quota.
The quota is the total amount of walleye for harvest determined by the DNR and split between the eight Bands of Ojibwe and state anglers. The quota determined by […]
Randy Thompson is an attorney for Mille Lacs County in a dispute over claims that old reservation still exists. Thompson reviews complexities in unraveling these claims despite more than 95 percent of the original 61,000-acre reservation having already passed out of Indian ownership.
By Randy Thompson Mille Lacs Messenger Oct 23, 2019
Nearly two years ago, in November 2017, the Mille Lacs Band sued Mille Lacs County, the Sheriff, and the County Attorney in federal court. The Band’s lawsuit raises issues concerning law enforcement rights and responsibilities, but it also goes to the question of whether or not the Reservation, established by an 1855 treaty, still exists. In simplest terms, the Mille Lacs Band claims that the Reservation continues to exist and that […]