Tribes Voice Concern Over Proposed Changes To Lakes, Wetlands Regulations
Wisconsin tribes are speaking out against a bill that proposes a long list of changes to state laws regulating lakes and wetlands.
Wild rice was a chief concern among tribes at Thursday's meeting of the Voigt Intertribal Task Force. Vice-Chair Mic Isham said a 1983 federal court ruling known as the Voigt Decision recognized tribes’ treaty rights to hunt, fish and gather in ceded territories. Isham said the bill — which would ease restrictions on filling wetlands and dredging along lakefronts — ignores those rights and would harm wild rice habitats.