Bob Shimek: 2010 Great Anishinaabeg Fish Off

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
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On May 14 enrolled Anishinaabeg from Leech Lake and White Earth bands are invited to fish off the reservation without a State of Minnesota fishing license.

Several band members want to test the 1855 Treaty between the Ojibwe and the United States guaranteeing hunting, fishing, and gathering rights in the ceded territory.


According to organizer Bob Shimek, during the past decade, Minnesota MDNR game wardens have been harassing tribal members for ricing off the rez without a state permit. Tickets are issued, canoes and rice confiscated, then the State drops charges.

Shimek and other tribal members want to test the validity of the US Supreme Court Minnesota v. Mille Lacs (1999) affirming Ojibwe hunting, fishing, and gathering in most of northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of northeastern Wisconsin to see whether the law applies to the rest of northern Minnesota.

The Leech Lake and White Earth Reservation Tribal Governments announce a 1855 Treaty Rights Public information presentation at Diamond Point Park Pavillion from 1-3 p.m. May 14, next to the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota.

For more information contact Bob Shimek 218 4070698. Funding for human rights witnesses is needed.

"The State of Minnesota has been breaking the law arresting Anishinaabeg for hunting, fishing, and gathering."

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