Ojibwe Treaty Rights

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

As years passed between the signing of treaties and today, American Indians living in Wisconsin re-discovered that they had the right to hunt and fish on the ceded territories, just as their ancestors did. Two brothers took it upon themselves to get arrested for exercising their rights in an attempt to correct a long-standing injustice, and their case took them to the highest court in the nation...


Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. "Ojibwe Treaty Rights." ENGAGE: State - Tribal - Local Government video series. Produced for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board by Wisconsin Public Television. 2010. Documentary. (http://wimedialab.org/series/episode/tribal-government, accessed September 19, 2016)

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As the Ojibwe reclaimed their rights to hunt, fish, and gather on the ceded territories, they needed a system of laws, checks, and balances in order to both protect their resources and enforce the law. Soon other tribes followed suit, and soon co-equal systems of justice existed side by side with…