Tom Maulson: Mother Earth Needs Our Help

by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)

During the late nineteen eighties the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa bore the brunt of harassment for exercising treaty rights in northern Wisconsin. Hundreds of sheriffs, game wardens and state patrol protected the spearers at the landings.

Amid wrist rocket slingshots, verbal abuse, and bullets an Anishinaabe war chief from Lac du Flambeau, Tom Maulson stood up for his people at the boat landings.  Maulson never backed down, even though there was a reward on his life from the anti-treaty movement.

Now, more than two decades later many think the walleye in the ceded territory are some of the best studied and cared for fish in North America.

Maulson went on in the nineteen nineties  become tribal chair at Lac Du Flambeau. 

At a recent gathering near Bayfield celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Maulson reminisced about the walleye war.

"People were throwing stones and shooting at us, but now at least they know their neighbors."


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