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PERM Spring Legal Fund Raffle Winners
Edward S……….Fifty Lakes……….Browning X Bolt 30-06
Jim E……………Bloomington……..Ruger American 270 Win Bolt
Tim K…………..Isle………………..Winchester SXP 12 ga Shotgun
James E………..St Paul……………Ruger American 243 cal
Stephen R……..Eden Prairie………Ruger American .17 HMR
Dean P…………Blaine……………..Twin Pines Eat Sleep Fish Package
Pillip L…………Mooresville, NC…..Paul Hartman Muskie Guide Service
Jason B………..Foley……………….Redfield Laser Rangefinder
Tom B…………Merrifield………….$100 Capra’s Gift Certificate
Phil U………….Oak Forest, IL…….$100 Capra’s Gift Certificate
Congratulations to all winners. And a huge Thank You! to all who entered the PERM Spring Raffle. You are helping to ensure equal protection of the law for ALL citizens’ sustainable access to Minnesota’s natural resources.
Howard Hanson, long-time advocate for landowner, equal hunting and fishing rights, passed away June 25th
Howard Hanson with Bud Grant at Capitol Rally, St Paul, 1993
It is with much regret that I share the sad news of Howard Hanson passing away.
About 30 years ago at the Sportsman Show, I wasapproached by this enthusiastic gentleman handing out information regarding equal hunting and fishing rights. Howard spearheaded a movement that brought many people to testify at House and Senate hearings, boat parades, informational meetings, and events to bring awareness to the issues.
He was a founding member of PERM and a Board member since day one. Even with his failing health, Howard has made himself available right up to the end. I will miss his knowledge, input, and friendship.
PERM has lost a great pioneer member […]
Erik Jacobson does a great job in a few words explaining DNR Fisheries chief Don Pereira’s legacy, which he says goes hand in hand with Governor Dayton’s.
As Jacobson points out, Pereira oversaw Mille Lacs’ walleye limits reduced each year until the first closure to walleye fishing in history. Every year after was catch-and-release only with an ever-present threat of closure.
Governor (then candidate) Dayton should have stood by his claim at Game Fair saying that “all hunting and fishing in Minnesota should be done under the same rules.” Instead we got a politically-driven ultra-conservative roller coaster of slot and limits. Under Pereira’s watch the DNR relied on flawed data, discounting anglers’ actual experiences and the Mille Lacs Fishery Advisory Committee’s suggestions and input.
Pereira’s Legacy Outdoor […]
On Sunday, May 20th, based on a tip from a local resident, an abandoned tribal gillnet with close to 100 dead and rotting walleyes (see photo) was removed from Mille Lacs by a Tribal/GLIFWC game warden with assistance from MN DNR Conservation Officer. The abandoned gillnet had been un-attended from at least Thursday, May 17.
The majority of the Walleyes, based on observed length, appear to be from the coveted 2013-year class and given an average weight of 2 – 3 pounds per walleye, a waste of 200-300 pounds. Updated: The field report was amended after a manual count by GLIFWC, which reported 67 walleye.
Wanton waste of natural resources is especially galling to Minnesotans, who support a conservation record that’s second to none. Why is this happening?
Recent articles in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press (below) reported on Chippewa tribal members’ protest involving a one-day “fish-off” the day before fishing opener. This will be the third such public violation of Minnesota’s conservation laws to make a point.
The tribe is claiming that off-reservation hunting, fishing, gathering rights exist in the 1855 ceded territory area. They deny the plain language of the 1855 Treaty and the long-standing position and regular assertions of the DNR that no such rights exist.
A new tactic this time is to conflate treaty rights claims with opposition to the proposed Enbridge pipeline. Actually, exercise of non-existent rights to hunt, fish, gather in ceded territory over which they have no jurisdiction is not affected by the pipeline. But drawing on […]
PERM’s May Board meeting has been RESCHEDULED for May 14th to allow PERM members to attend the May 7 MLFAC Meeting.
The Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Izatys Resort, 40005 85th Ave. in Onamia. The agenda includes discussion of the recently announced open water regulations and upcoming studies planned for Mille Lacs.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe these meetings, and 15 minutes at the end of each meeting is reserved for public comments and questions. PERM encourages everyone to attend.
Here is a “Voice for Mille Lacs.” Rep. Sondra Erickson has been challenging the DNR regarding “co-management” of Mille Lacs for years. She’s not asking for a lot. Just transparency and treating Minnesotans the same as tribes. Remember, the Bureau of Indian Affairs was created to ensure equal and fair treatment for American Indians, not to promote special rights and privileges.
A voice for Mille Lacs
By Rep. Sondra Erickson Monday, April 9, 2018
It is an honor and a privilege to be a voice for the Mille Lacs Lake area as a member of the House of Representatives in the Minnesota Legislature.
To that point, I face two big challenges in the 2018 session: helping the county and the lake area to grow its tax base, and making the Department […]
In the article below, Rep Jamie Becker-Finn uses the term sovereign nation and nation to nation when referring to the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa! In fact, if the Tribe were a Sovereign Nation the politicians would not be able to accept political donations from them. Local, county, or state money could not be used on their lands. No different than the sovereign nations like Russia, China, or Mexico.
Bill to change language of 1837 treaty protocol met with opposition
By Vivian LaMoore firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Holding true to her promise, Rep. Sondra Erickson authored a bill to allow for two members of the Mille Lacs Lake Fisheries Advisory Committee to attend the meetings of the Fishery Technical Committee. The bill received some push back and […]