Minnesota Tribes Collaborate to Save State's Disappearing Moose Population


Tribal rights to natural resources in the Great Lakes states have been the subject of much attention. In 1999, the United States Supreme Court affirmed lower court rulings in favor of the Ojibwe of Minnesota and Wisconsin, which retained treaty rights in Minnesota’s 1837 Treaty ceded territory (Minnesota v. Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa). This nine-year legal battle followed on the heels of 17 years of treaty litigation in Wisconsin (See generally Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Wisconsin). To say these times were tense is an understatement. Not only were hateful racial epithets such as “timber nigger” and “save a walleye, spear an Indian” yelled at tribal members exercising their treaty rights on Wisconsin lakes, but also rocks were thrown, objects were fired from slingshots, and tribal spearing boats were buzzed by larger watercraft piloted by non-tribal protesters...

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Thompson, Douglas. "Minnesota Tribes Collaborate to Save State’s Disappearing Moose Population." Indian Country Today Media Network. February 11, 2015. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/minnesota-tribes-collaborate-to-save-states…, accessed July 24, 2023)