American Indian Tribes celebrate deal...

American Indian Tribes celebrate deal with the state of Michiga...

There are 4 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Oct 25, 2007, titled American Indian Tribes celebrate deal with the state of Michiga.... In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

PETOSKEY- Five American Indian tribes and the state are celebrating an agreement designed to end decades of legal wrangling over members' hunting and fishing rights.

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Joachim

Golden, CO

#2 Oct 26, 2007
FINALLY! The Indian's are getting something back, I'd love to see some more benefits.
Jamie

Marion, IN

#3 Oct 26, 2007
Joachim wrote:
FINALLY! The Indian's are getting something back, I'd love to see some more benefits.
Are they not already receiving the same "benefits" as allowed to all AMERICANS?
Stewie

Baldwinsville, NY

#5 Oct 29, 2007
Yes we are getting benefits allowed to all americans. But what about the benefits that the federal government put into writing that my people could not understand because it was not in their own language? What about those benefits? What about the benefits my people had before someone took the land? And it wasn't because the europeans were superior but because they had superior weapons. Alot of people complain about our hunting and fishing rights because they think the American Indian is going to kill off too many animals and catch too many fish. What most people don't know is how many fish that the various tribes plant so they will not be depleted or how much money they put into studying wildlife and conservation so that the fish and animals will not dissapear. Or how much is given to the State of Michigan to help out the states natural resources. And they don't realize how dangerous it is for us to go out hunting and fishing while following our tribal laws. I have seen people threatened and harrassed by other hunters and fishermen and from the stae dnr. All because they don't like the rights we have or don't have to recognize us as a tribe because they are not federal. I for one am hoping that this will end with this agreement. Then maybe, just maybe I can use the rights given to my tribe without worrying about getting beat up or harrassed while hunting or fishing.

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#6 Oct 29, 2007
Stewie wrote:
Yes we are getting benefits allowed to all americans. But what about the benefits that the federal government put into writing that my people could not understand because it was not in their own language? What about those benefits? What about the benefits my people had before someone took the land? And it wasn't because the europeans were superior but because they had superior weapons. Alot of people complain about our hunting and fishing rights because they think the American Indian is going to kill off too many animals and catch too many fish. What most people don't know is how many fish that the various tribes plant so they will not be depleted or how much money they put into studying wildlife and conservation so that the fish and animals will not dissapear. Or how much is given to the State of Michigan to help out the states natural resources. And they don't realize how dangerous it is for us to go out hunting and fishing while following our tribal laws. I have seen people threatened and harrassed by other hunters and fishermen and from the stae dnr. All because they don't like the rights we have or don't have to recognize us as a tribe because they are not federal. I for one am hoping that this will end with this agreement. Then maybe, just maybe I can use the rights given to my tribe without worrying about getting beat up or harrassed while hunting or fishing.
Stewie,

My ex had the same issues you do. He was harrassed while hunting and fishing unless he was on tribal lands. And even then, the DNR would attempt to harrass him there where they had no right to. He finally gave up on that (he was half Ottawa).

Because my children are tribal members, we get the newletter from the tribe they belong to and it always contains information on how they are restocking fish (one main project is sturgon) and taking care of the land. It irritates me to no end when people think the tribes will deplete the land and natural resources. The tribes have always taken care of the land and the resources on the land. They don't take more than they need. I think people really need to look back and read about history.

Also, this is part of a treaty that was signed in 1836. Why has it taken over 170 years for this to come into effect?

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