Treaty dispute appears headed to court
It’s hard to believe a treaty settled in 1855 would be back in the news in 2015.
Yet 160 years later, several members of the 1855 Treaty Authority challenged the limits of the treaty last week by paddling their canoes out to harvest wild rice at Hole-In-The-Day Lake in east-central Minnesota.
The 1855 treaty covers fishing, hunting and gathering rights within lands deeded to American Indian bands in the state. However, the treaty doesn’t cover the rights of the bands in off-reservation areas.