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Published April 23, 2010, 12:54 PM

Fishing Protest

The Leech Lake Chippewa tribal council is urging those who planned to attend a fishing protest next month to stay home.

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - The Leech Lake Chippewa tribal council is

urging those who planned to attend a fishing protest next month to

stay home.

Tribal attorney Frank Bibeau and 1855 treaty coordinator Dale

Greene said earlier this week the protest would be held May 14, a

day before the opening of the state's walleye and northern pike

seasons. They said the protest would be held to assert rights it

reserves under treaties signed with the federal government in 1854

and 1855.

On Thursday, tribal chairman Arthur LaRose said the council

understands the desire of members to exercise hunting, fishing and

gathering rights under the 1855 treaty, but issues presented by the

treaty should be resolved in a diplomatic way.

Tribal council member Mike Bongo tells the Star Tribune the

legal department "jumped the gun" in saying the protest would be

held.

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