Caucus Resolution; Indigenous Food Share; Honor The Earth’s Enbridge Recap; Treaty Rights Dispute

Caucus Resolution: American Indian Nations Should Have Access to Outdoor Heritage Fund

With Minnesota’s political caucuses coming up March 1, consider proposing this resolution:

Resolved: the Minnesota Legislature shall ensure that American Indian nations in Minnesota have equal access to the Outdoor Heritage Fund without diminishing their treaty rights.

Here is the background, provided by a recent Star Tribune editorial: The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council has voted twice to approve $2.2 million to buy about 2,000 acres from Potlach for preservation. White Earth would buy the land and transfer it to a federal trust. The project was included in a 2015 omnibus bill, but funding got stripped out at the end of the session for dubious reasons, raising “regrettable questions about bias toward American Indian communities.”

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