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Ojibwe fishermen in Minnesota win decision in treaty rights case


Ojibwe fishermen have a fight to catch and sell fish from treaty-protected waters and lakes in Minnesota, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.

Four fishermen -- three from the Leech Lake Band and one from the White Earth Band -- were accused of taking fish from the Leech Lake Reservation. A federal judge dismissed the indictment, ruling that the 1837 Chippewa Treaty protected their activities.

The federal government appealed. But in a unanimous decision, the 8th Circuit agreed with the fishermen.


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