Fishing ProtestThe 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
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
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