As the new freshman class gets to work in Washington DC, we wonder if Congressman Pete Stauber’s (R-MN08) with Donald J Trump (R) will become a foil in the Mille Lacs walleye fishing debate. Since Stauber touts his discussions with Trump for keeping parts of the Superior National Forest open to mining exploration, why wouldn’t he ask for similar consideration on Mille Lacs Lake?
The fishing industry has been devastated because of the walleye limits and businesses for boat and cabin rentals have taken a serious hit. The walleye population is being adversely affected by climate change because the average lake temperature is on the rise and walleye’s flourish is colder water.
As we know the lake is also a prime location for smallmouth bass fishing, but that isn’t the same quality of fish as the as the esteems state fish.
Hunting and fishing rights are a serious issue of contention and if one side is considered taking something more than they are due it can facilitate a serious adverse condition.
The treaty rights have been upheld in court and the commercial rights of the non-natives are in the tenuous position. The Native Americans have not exercised their full rights and taken control of Lake Mille Lacs, but in other parts of the nation, other things are happening.
People interested in Native Rights should follow the activities in Oklahoma.