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Tribal members cited for illegal fishing in contested treaty-area lake

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The net had only been in Lake Bemidji for a few minutes when the three Minnesota Department of Natural Resources boats began to converge.

One boat made a beeline for the shore near Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox, where the two men who placed the net were waiting, along with about 30 supporters. The group — largely composed of White Earth and Leech Lake band members — circled around conservation officer Demo Regas as he cited Joseph Rousu and Leonard Thompson for fishing a day before the state’s opener.


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