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[VIDEO] Wild Rice Treaty Rights Protest

Native American Wild Rice harvesters arrived on Hole-in-the-day Lake to assert their 1855 treaty rights by harvesting rice on the WPA (Wilderness protection area) there. To assert their rights, they arrived with no licenses, but the state Departm...

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Native American Wild Rice harvesters arrived on Hole-in-the-day Lake to assert their 1855 treaty rights by harvesting rice on the WPA (Wilderness protection area) there. To assert their rights, they arrived with no licenses, but the state Department of Natural Resources arrived as they were preparing to harvest, and issued them a one day special license to rice on the lake, which normally does not allow hunting, fishing or other human activities. Here, Leonard Thompson describes his group's purpose, and the change of plans that resulted from the license.

 

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