Demonstrating Ojibwe Treaty Rights -- the 1855 Treaty Raises Big Questions for Pipeline Proposals of the North
As Ojibwe people, our 1855 treaty protects our right to harvest, hunt, and fish within our treaty territory. New pipelines proposals from Enbridge put that land at risk, and infringe on those rights. These videos document the struggles to assert treaty rights over the past four years, and give some insight into the Indigenous Rights Based Strategic Framework for protecting the integrity of the north country for all Minnesotans.
Several Ojibwe netted fish on Lake Bemidji, Minnesota on May 14, 2010 to demonstrate Ojibwe treaty rights. The State of Minnesota confiscated and destroyed the nets because they thought it was against the law. The tribes went on to challenge the 1855 Treaty in court. Audrey Thayer from the Minnesota ACLU describes the day's events.