Ojibwe Harvest Wild Rice on Ceded Land to Exert 1855 Treaty Rights
Unicorn Riot went to Hole In The Day Lake in Minnesota to talk to Anishinaabe-Ojibwe natives who were exerting their Treaty Rights and gathering wild rice off reservation.
According to the local bands of Anishinaabe, they retain the right to “hunt, fish, and gather,” on ceded land that is located off the reservation. In a recent exchange between the 1855 Treaty Authority and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the DNR warned the Anishinaabe that anyone gathering wild rice without a proper license faced citation. Members of local bands of Anishinaabe gathered despite the DNR’s warning. The DNR gave those gathered a special one day permit to harvest the Wild Rice on Hole in the Day lake. The response by those gathered was to decide to tear up the permit. They said the gesture was appreciated, but that they had no need for a permit to exert rights that already belonged to them.