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Tribal Attorney Discusses Ojibwe Treaty Reserved Rights in Lawrence University Address

APPLETON, WIS. — Kekek Jason Stark, a tribal attorney and policy analyst for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, discusses the concepts and principles of treaty reserved rights and how those rights are being applied today in an address at Lawrence University.

Stark presents “Ojibwe Treaty Reserved Rights and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission” Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in Lawrence’s Wriston Art Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the pubic.

Stark’s presentation will examine U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have upheld American Indian rights to their land based on the recognition of Anishinaabe title and Anishinaabe rights.

Under the theory of Anishinaabe title, also known as aboriginal Indian title, Indigenous Nations have legal rights in the territories that they occupied. From Anishinaabe title comes the concept of Anishinaabe rights, which entail the use of a specifically allocated area for traditional purposes. This long established rule of Federal Indian Law supports the implementation of the treaty reserved rights of the Ojibwe bands.

Stark’s work with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission focuses on the preservation, implementation and utilization of treaty rights for 11 Ojibwe bands living in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Commission regulates the harvest of treaty resources in cooperation with the states to ensure conservation.

A graduate of Hamline University School of Law and a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, Stark is a Turtle Mountain Ojibwe and a member of the Bizhiw (Lynx) Clan.

His appearance is sponsored by the Lawrence University Office of Multicultural Affairs, the history department and is supported by the Green Roots Committee.

Lawrence University Calls Attention to Hate Crimes with “Field of Flags” Display

In an effort to raise awareness to the ongoing discrimination and hatred directed toward specific individuals and social groups, the Lawrence University Office of Multicultural Affairs presents “Field of Flags: Stop the Hate” Tuesday, April 27.

From 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., nearly 2,000 miniature flags, symbolizing the 11 individuals who were killed in 2002 as a result of hate crimes and the more than 9,200 others in the United States that year who were victims of reported hate crimes, will be displayed on the campus green on the southeast corner of College and Lawe streets.

The “Field of Flag” project aims to focus attention on the five different populations which are subjected to hate crimes according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Based on the factors of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability, each of those populations will be represented by a specific colored flag in the display. Each flag will represent five victims of a hate crime committed against that particular group in the United States in 2002.

“The ‘Field of Flags: Stop the Hate’ project is a visual reminder of the hate and bias crimes that still exists in our country,” said Elizabeth Matelski, Lawrence Diversity Center programs coordinator. “According to federal statistics, every year more than half a million college students are targets of bias-driven slurs or physical assaults. By not speaking out against such hate crimes, we become part of the problem. The Office of Multicultural Affairs has designed this project to be part of the solution.”