George Meyer: After treaty struggle Wisconsin and Ojibwe co-operating

by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV) 

Northern Wisconsin has come a long way since the confrontations at the landings during the nineteen eighties treaty rights struggle. Anti-treaty protesters thorough screaming and harassment attempted to prevent the Ojibwe from exercising federal court affirmed hunting, fishing, and gathering rights. 

Back then, Department of Natural Resources secretary George Meyer went toe to toe with tribal leaders, asserting "the Ojibwe will never harvest fish with spears or nets in northern Wisconsin."

But the Ojibwe hung in there through the protest and are still harvesting fish and game under their own regulations, while co-cooperatively managing the fish, game, and plants with the State of Wisconsin.

George Meyer mellowed and transformed thorough the fight and at a July gathering on the Bad River reserve with former opponents declared the "fish in northern Wisconsin are the most studied and cared for fish in North America."

And there is now a respectful working realationship between the State of Wisconsin and Ojibwe tribes.

"After treaty rights there are more fish surveys done in northern Wisconsin than the entire United States." 


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