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Leech Lake, White Earth members to hold 1855 Treaty Rights forum at Diamond Point Park

The Leech Lake and White Earth Reservation Tribal Governments announce an 1855 Treaty Rights Public information presentation at Diamond Point Park Pavillion from 1-3 p.m. May 14, next to the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University.

The White Earth and Leech Lake Bands are forming an 1855 Ceded Territory Commission comprised of tribal representatives from Leech Lake, White Earth and Sandy Lake. Contact people are White Earth District 2 Representative Terry Tibbets at 218-983-3285, Leech Lake Chairman Archie LaRose at 335-8200 and for Sandy Lake, Mushkooub Aubid at 218-768-3574.

Tribal Leaders will host the collaborative public forum to help educate the greater public about the 1855 Anishinaabe or Chippewa treaty rights, reserved rights and inherent rights as an alternative to a fishing protest to bring greater understanding and awareness. Tribal leaders invite people and the press to come to learn and share and in a brat BBQ by Lake Bemidji.