DNR avoids court case by signing off on protest harvest
NISSWA, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources killed a protest action with kindness Thursday, granting a surprise one-day permit to Anishinaabe who had planned to harvest wild rice illegally to provoke a court battle.
The 1855 Treaty Authority had organized a protest wild rice harvest on Hole-In-The-Day Lake near Nisswa, Minn., in order to assert the off-reservation gathering rights that are disputed by the state government. Roughly 30-40 reporters and documentarians turned out to witness what could have been a confrontation between the ricers and DNR enforcement officers. In response to the Authority's announcement they would harvest without a license, the DNR had vowed to issue citations to anyone harvesting illegally.