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Tribal treaty rights advocates to hold non-violence training for Friday fishing protest

Organizers of the Stop Treaty Abuse Rally concern-ing tribal off-reservation fish-ing rights encourage those wishing to participate in peace-keeper and non-violence training events.

The rally is set for 1 p.m. Friday, May 14, the day be-fore the state walleye opener, at the Lake Bemidji wa-terfront.

Non-violence trainings will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Dream Catcher Park in Cass Lake and at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Bemidji waterfront. Peace-maker training will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 14, at the Lake Bemidji waterfront prior to the rally.

For more info, contact Ro-bert Shimek 218-407-0698 or

Activists have been encour-aging enrolled tribal members of the Leech Lake and White Earth bands who wish to demonstrate their off-reservation fishing rights to participate in the "Great Anishinaabeg - Fish Off Reservation." Elected tribal officials of the Leech Lake and White Earth bands have discouraged the demonstration, saying the action is premature, needs study and negotiation, while discussion and legal avenues would be more productive.

See Thursday's Pioneer for full story