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4 Ojibwe Treaty Rights Protesters Charged

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have charged four American Indians with fishing and wild rice harvesting violations stemming from a protest last summer to assert rights they claim they still hold under treaties from the 1800s, setting up a potential court test of how those treaties should be applied now.

Jim Northrop, of Cloquet, and Todd Thompson, of Naytahwaush, are charged with gross misdemeanors for setting gill nets in Gull Lake in Nisswa on the second of two days of protests in August.

Harvey Goodsky Jr and Morningstar Shabaiash, both of McGregor, are charged with misdemeanors for harvesting wild rice without a state license the same day on Hole-in-the-Day Lake.


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