Support Ricers Asserting Treaty Rights!


Join us on Monday, February 1 at 8:00 am, at the Crow Wing County Courthouse in Brainerd, MN, to support the 4 individuals given citations last summer for exercising their treaty rights. This is their first court date. Supporters will gather outside the building to show support before the arraignments at 8:30 and 9:00am.
Members of the Anishinaabe bands that signed the 1855 Treaty retain the rights to hunt, fish, gather, travel, and maintain sacred sites on the land ceded to the US government. These rights have not always been exercised or respected. The Anishinaabe are now standing up to assert these rights, in hopes of affirming them once and for all in federal court.
On August 28, 2015, four enrolled Ojibwe band members were given citations for exercising their right to subsist off the land in the 1855 Treaty area. Two were cited for harvesting wild rice on Hole in the Day Lake without a Minnesota DNR permit (Morningstar and Harvey Goodsky) and two were cited for casting a gill net on Gull Lake (Todd Thompson and Jim Northrup). The civil disobedience action was organized by the 1855 Treaty Authority in an effort to have these rights clarified and validated by federal courts. This is a critical strategy for giving tribal people a voice in important land use decisions such as the construction of new oil pipelines or mines.  

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February 01, 2016 at 8:00am - 10am
Crow Wing County Courthouse
326 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401
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