AUTHOR: Michael Thompson
DATE: 7/04/2004 10:01:00 PM
Every so often I go up north to my grandmother's cabin. It is on a lake in northern MN, and an interesting issue came up.
Some lake houses have low property values because of Tribal rights.
Lesse, netting of fish for one specie and throwing out the rest, Legal tresspassing, some fisheries destroyed, and a level of legal immunity? Any reason why the rest of the community is a little upset?
Orignially, there were treaties because the Indians were independant nations, but as time went on, they became a defacto part of the United States.
In the 1920's, Congress passed a Citizenship Act that gave all Indians American citizenship, changed their status from the infamous 3/5ths clause in the Consitistuion.
Shouldn't this remove treaty rights, since as American Citizens they have the same rights under the 14th Amendment?
My thoughts and papers- updated irregularly.
These are only my opinoins, do not apply these to anyone or the U.S. Government, who I do not represent.