Sandy Lake, MN – The 1855 Treaty Authority issued a one-day fishing permit and pass for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and his members while they spend the 2016 Governor's Fishing Opener on one of the most important, original 1855 Chippewa reservations, Sandy Lake.
The 1855 Treaty Authority message is to remind the Governor that “Throughout the series of Chippewa treaties involving ceding territory in what became Minnesota, we agreed we would live in perpetual peace and friendship with the other citizens of the United States . . . [and] We sincerely hope you enjoy the natural experiences in the northern lakes and rivers environment, the way we always have for centuries, and as our perpetual friends will help keep our environment protected.”
“Our treaty guaranteed usufructuary rights to hunt, fish and gather are an important part of our ability to earn a modest living. A continuous, high quality food source requires and depends on keeping our environment protected from threats that will permanently degrade our essential freshwater resources” said Archie LaRose, 1855 Chair adding “all living creatures need clean freshwater, especially wild rice. Co-management and cooperation are essential.”
For more information about 1855 Treaty Authority activities and upcoming meetings, please contact [email protected] or call Frank Bibeau at 218-760-1258.
Attachment: letter to Governor Dayton