Each spring, when the ice clears, the Anishinabe harvest fish from the lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota, a tradition protected by treaties and reinforced by Federal Court rulings. However, for a number of years the spear fishermen were confronted with violence and racial epithets from local sports fishermen, resort owners and other white neighbors.
Join Walleye Warriors author Rick Whaley, and Dave Denomie of the Bad River Chippewa and Milwaukee spokesperson for Witness for Non-Violence, as they explain how a multi-race and class alliance of Anishinabe, local residents, and activists defused these confrontations by witnessing and documenting them.
This program is offered in conjunction with the PBS Native American history series We Shall Remain to be broadcast in April and May. This May 9 program will take place before the final installment Wounded Knee, which describes the takeover of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Reservation and the beginning of the reassertion of political rights by the Indian nations.
Saturday, May 9, 2009