Tomorrow is the big walleye fishing season opener in Minnesota, but some Native Americans from the White Earth and Leech Lake bands of Ojibwe plan to violate state law by fishing in Lake Bemidji today. It's part of a rally to draw attention to an 1855 treaty between the Ojibwe and the U.S. government. The bands claim they may have given up land in the treaty, but they kept their right to hunt, fish, and gather in a large section of northern Minnesota.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Reporter Tom Robertson. He's been covering this story, spoke from the shore of Lake Bemidji.