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Wild rice protest defused Thursday, may be revived Friday


NISSWA, Minn. – Indian treaty rights activists picked a small amount of wild rice from Hole-in-the-Day Lake on Thursday in a protest blunted by an unasked-for permit from the Minnesota Department of National Resources (DNR).

The DNR surprised the group by issuing a one-day special permit to sanction the so-called “en masse” harvest, defusing any conflict for an event that had been widely anticipated and heavily covered by the media.

But the activists vowed to return Friday and for many days to come to provoke a court challenge to the state’s insistence that Chippewa tribes gave up off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights when they sold a giant patch of North Woods land to the federal government in an 1855 treaty.


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