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Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma files Ohio treaty claim

The Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the state of Ohio, arguing the tribe has fishing and hunting rights on Lake Erie and Bass Island under an 1805 treaty.

The tribe wants to be able to fish commercially on the lake free of state regulation. But attorney general Jim Petro's office, who hired two professors to dispute the tribe's land claim on Bass Island, disagrees.

The tribe has claimed out-of-state rights in Ohio and Illinois.

Get the Story:
Ottawa leaders sue Ohio, visit island (The Cleveland Plain-Dealer 7/1)
Tribe files lawsuit over fishing rights (The Oklahoman 7/1)
Tribe suit claims rights to Lake Erie fishing (AP 6/30)
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma Initiates Legal Action to Secure Commercial Fishing and Land Rights on Lake Erie and Ohio's North Bass Island (Ottawa Tribe 6/30)

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