FREE SPEECH ZONE | Dakota exercise treaty fishing rights on Cedar Lake

Early this morning (May 13), a group of Dakota people set out their gill nets on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, to exercise their fishing rights according to the Treaty of 1805. DNR officials stood at the ready, and when the net was pulled in, it was confiscated, along with about two dozen fish. Participants were identified and ticketed. A group of about forty people witnessed the scene and all involved were quiet, peaceful, and respectful of each other.As I arrived to a cloudy and cool Cedar Lake at 8 a.m., squads were parked at intersections in the quiet neighborhood. I attended as an “Upstander”, a person who supports the indigenous people in their struggle to maintain their culture and identity. Continue Reading