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Indian Treaty Rights
(2007-11-05)
(wgvu) - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A hunting and fishing agreement
between the state of Michigan and five American Indian tribes is
now official.
U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen has signed a consent decree
ending decades of legal haggling reaching back to the 1970s.
The document recognizes the rights of the five tribes to hunt,
fish and gather plants for subsistence and medicinal purposes on
public lands covered by an 1836 treaty. Together, the lands and
waterways make up about 37 percent of the state.
The tribes will establish their own hunting and fishing
regulations that will differ in some ways from the state's. Tribal
members will be able to use private property only with the owners'
permission.
A separate agreement deals with their Great Lakes fishing
rights.
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