Several Native American tribes sue Wisconsin for “illegal” wolf hunting
Six Ojibwa tribes filed a federal lawsuit against Wisconsin on Tuesday, accusing the state of violating their treaty rights by allowing large wolf hunts, said non-profit environmental law organization Earthjustice, which represents the nations. tribal. The treaty protects the rights of tribal nations to an equal share of exploitable resources and the conservation of species.
According to the lawsuit, the Wisconsin Natural Resource Board approved a quota of 300 wolves for an upcoming hunt scheduled to begin on November 6. The tribes said it exceeded the quota of 130 proposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, and they accused them of infringing on the “inherent sovereign rights of the tribes” of the Ojibwe tribes.
“By setting a quota for the next wolf hunt, the defendants have deliberately and knowingly discriminated against the Ojibwe tribes by acting to overturn their share,” the lawsuit said.
In February, hunters killed more than 200 wolves in three days, exceeding the state limit of 119, Earthjustice reported earlier this year. A member of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources later called the hunt an “abomination,” the lawsuit said.
“In our treaty rights, we are supposed to share 50-50 of our resources with the state and we believe we are not doing due diligence because of the wolf slaughter in February,” John Johnson, Sr., president of the Torch Lake Band of the Chippewa Indians of Lake Superior, said in a statement Tuesday.
“We are looking after the next seven generations of our children,” Johnson added. “When we know it’s wrong to hunt, we don’t harvest. We step back and assess the damage. We take care of our community like everyone else should.”
The Six Nation Trib Community and Chippewa Indians of St. Croix of Wisconsin.
“The state has violated tribal rights, and we are in court today to try to ensure that this does not happen again,” said Gussie Lord, Earthjustice attorney general for tribal partnerships, in a statement.
A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources official told CBS News the agency is reviewing the lawsuit but has “no further comment at this time.”