MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of Ojibwe Native Americans has put the Dayton administration on notice that it plans to harvest wild rice without state licenses later this month to try to assert rights they believe they hold under an 1855 treaty.
They plan to gather wild rice on Hole-in-the-Day Lake in Nisswa on Aug. 27 and are urging conservation officers not to issue citations or seize their wild rice or harvesting equipment.READ MORE: Restaurant Owners, Managers & Customers Adapt To First Day Of Vaccine Mandate
The harvest is being organized by the 1855 Treaty Authority, which is independent of the state’s tribal governments. Its chairman is Arthur “Archie” LaRose, secretary-treasurer of the Leech Lake Band, who wrote to Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this month to notify him.READ MORE: Twin Cities Gets Trampoline Zone To Help Action Sports Athletes Hone Their Skills
Dayton spokeswoman Cambray Crozier says the governor will respond after he’s had a chance to review the letter.MORE NEWS: COVID Levels Dropping In St. Paul Wastewater: 'It's Promising'
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