An examination of treaty rights in Northern Wisconsin, 1989-1990

Treaty Crisis: Cultures in Conflict

In the 1980s, disputes over treaty rights in Northern Wisconsin, particularly the Ojibwe practice of walleye spearing, began attracting national attention. Treaties made between the U.S. government and the Ojibwe in 1837 and 1842 had allowed tribal members to continue to hunt and fish on ceded territory, yet the advent of the reservation system led to disputes over whether the tribes still had unfettered access to this land. In 1989, the Wisconsin State Journal published a series of articles examining the people, places, and politics of the treaty rights issue. These are published here with their permission. Use the tools along the top edge of the viewer to increase the type size and move around the large newspaper pages.

Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
Indians in the 20th Century
Creator: Wisconsin State Journal
Pub Data: Madison, Wis. : Wisconsin State Journal, [1990]. (Pamphlet 90-458 oversize)
Citation: "Treaty crisis : cultures in conflict." (Madison, Wis. : Wisconsin State Journal, [1990].); Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 7/5/2022