Tribal protesters plead not guilty to illegal fish, rice harvest
BRAINERD — Four Ojibwe tribe members plead not guilty Monday in Crow Wing County District Court to charges of gathering wild rice and gillnetting without permits during a treaty rights protest last summer.
In August 2015, a group of tribe members from across Minnesota gathered at Hole-in-the-Day Lake near Nisswa to harvest wild rice in an attempt to strengthen hunting and gathering rights under the 1855 Treaty. At the time, Morningstar Shabaiash and Harvey Goodsky were cited for gathering wild rice.
White Earth member Todd Thompson, and Fond du Lac Band member James Northrup set a 6-by-200 foot gillnet in Gull Lake, and were cited as well.