by Kendall Mark
The Leech Lake Chippewa Tribal Council has said it has not promoted a protest set for May 14, the day of the state's walleye and pike fishing season opener, planned by tribal members, the Star Tribune said.
The band believes they have rights reserved under the 1845 and 1855 treaties with the federal government for fishing and hunting but with to seek a diplomatic agreement before any other form of activism, the Star Tribune said.
The idea of a fishing protest was discussed in a meeting over the 1855 treaty, the Bemidji Pioneer said, which includded Leech Lake, White Earth, and Red Lake Reservations.
The group wished to highten awareness of the treaty, but never received permission from the Leech Lake Tribal Council, the Bemidji Pioneer said.