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The Mille Lacs Treaty Rights Case
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March 1999

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The United States Supreme Court has upheld the hunting and fishing rights of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The 5-4 decision says an 1837 treaty granting the band the right to hunt and fish on 13 million acres of public land without state restrictions is still in force, even though the state had argued that the U.S. had opted out of the treaty in 1850 and again in 1858.
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March 24
U.S. Supreme Court ruling and reaction
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March 25
Burying the Past
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Commentaries: (April 1998)

Marge Anderson
Chief Executive, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians

"My People have lived in the region surrounding Mille Lacs Lake since the mid-1700s - more than 30 years before the United States was a nation..."

James Baden
Editor, the Mille Lacs Messenger

"...If you think the fear, the hatred, and the racial tension is all that defines Mille Lacs Lake, I say, think again."

Frank Courteau
Mille Lacs area resident

"I thought apartheid with its inherent principles of segregation was something I left behind in Africa. I was shocked to find I was wrong."

Archived Stories

Passions simmer as decision nears. - March 3, 1999
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