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3/19/2013 9:46:00 AM
Tribal spearing not helping Northwoods

To the Editor:

Few things in life are as predictable as the rhetoric from LdF tribal leaders when one of their decisions is questioned, if there is the possibility of fault, they will place it on the other party, and they are sure to place a insinuation, at the minimum, that the other party’s position is based on racism. 

So it is with the questioning of their spearfishing “tournament,” and decision to take over 50 percent of the allowable harvest from lakes to cause a reduction to a 2 fish bag for “other people.”

They encourage the public to approach tribal members on the ice with questions. I would encourage the public to stay away from tribal members exercising treaty rights, less there be a resulting question of “confrontation and interference.”

They place the blame for bad publicity, negative awareness and damage to the economy from their actions on state leaders, no surprise there. 

They are the “keepers of the territory’s natural resources,” not the public that buys the licenses that pays to raise the fish that are stocked in the lakes. Really!

The spearers “never” take more than “around” 20,000 fish, closer to 30,000 most springs.

Every spring they need to “protect” themselves, there’s “racism in the air,” they turn back to the bad chapters of the past. Fact is, in the past 15-plus years there is a better chance of spearers seeing Elvis than a protestor.

Fish taken are for food, not trophies. Really. Interesting that many such large food fish wound up at taxidermists to be mounted and sold or actually mounted for the walls of the spearer.

 Bottom line here appears to be the tribe doing their best to cause controversy, maybe even get somebody to come out and protest like “the old days,” so they can get some publicity again and blackmail the state into increasing payments. I quote, “They could consider giving us more money to leave the bag limit at three,” and finally, to try and further damage the local economy.

I prefer to believe that these are the actions of a few tribal members, and that most members would prefer that the communities work together to strengthen our economy by being a destination for family vacations.

Duane Harpster
Boulder Junction

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Art DeMartini

I too want to thank Duane for expressing well what I feel, but could not find polite words to articulate. My letter would have been far less civil.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

Hey Duane: Right on as usual. As a retired DNR agent your opinion counts. We will be back in six weeks. How about lunch on me at the BBB ???

Be well.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck White

Bravo Duane You are spot on!

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Lisa MaKarrall

Duane, I agree with you that it's too bad it had to come to this. However, look to our "divide and conquer" Governor, Tom Tiffany, and the state Republican's (with the exception of Dale Schultz) as to where to lay the blame.
They disrespected the Tribes when it came to the wolf hunt and didn't bring them to the table on the mining discussions, and this is the result.
A funny thing happens when people are shown such disrespect, like having 150 thousand of them show up at the Capital and now this.
At least the public workers and teachers may be given a break on the hate, now that Walker has created a new scapegoat.
And here's the real joke....there will never be any mining jobs up north. Scott Walker knows it, and Tom Tiffany knows it. Wisconsin is being played again, divided again, and tourism will suffer because of it.

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jerry Skierka

Well said Duane!!!!

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