DNR confiscates fish caught by Dakota Indians

There were no citations or arrests as a group of more than 20 Dakota Indians netted fish out of season in Cedar Lake in Minneapolis to assert what they say are rights guaranteed by an 1805 treaty.

Friday’s protest came one day ahead of the state’s walleye season opener. One organizer, Chris Mato Nunpa, a retired professor from Southwest State University, says they want to be charged so they can take the case to court.

One participant said the protesters put the nets in the water in the middle of the night and pulled them out at 8 a.m. By around 8:30 a.m., conservation officers had confiscated the fish and taken information from those who’d caught them, but didn’t issue citations. Afterward, participants gathered around campfires along the lakeshore.