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This story, from the Ogichidaa Storytellers series, features the Bay Mills Ojibwe community located in present day northern Michigan.

In 1971, A.B. LeBlanc set a gill net in Pendills Bay on Lake Superior. The Michigan DNR arrested LeBlanc and he was later convicted of fishing commercially without a license and for fishing with an illegal device. Learn about the treaty challenge and struggle for Ojibwe communities to maintain their identity through treaty reserved rights asserted in the signing of the 1836 treaty with the United States.

Ogichidaa (“warrior”) Storytellers, supported by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), shares the struggle of the Anishinaabe (also known as Ojibwe or Chippewa) to retain treaty reserved harvesting rights throughout the ceded territories of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. This series for students in grades 6-12 includes six videos, each with educational materials containing lesson plans, enduring understandings, essential questions, vocabulary words, and extension activities.

Contributed by GLIFWC