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This thread is too long and complicated for me to take the time for it all. Having said that, just this last weekend I found out an interesting tidbit of info.

We had a family gathering whereby one of my brothers oldest friends came up in conversation. My father had seen him this summer and my brother keeps in constant contact. This friend has focused on tribal issues since he got his license to practice law, so I guess it's around 30+ years now. I always assumed he's a do-gooder living in a desert just outside of tribal lands, barely making a living. Turns out it's the opposite.

He's now a partner in the firm which has locations around the country. They are making money hand-over-fist representing tribes. The way he described it is that this is all settled law. The Feds don't really screw around anymore, it's rare to deal with them. What happens is a state or local municipality doesn't believe it's all settled law and does something breaking the treaties. The tribe calls this firm and they sue...and win every time. They use casino money to pay for the lawsuits and the firm wins big because, well, they're damn lawyers!! I asked 'is it like shooting fish in the proverbial barrel?' and the answer was yes. Apparently these are slam-dunk lawsuits.

What I'm getting at is the folks in this thread thinking otherwise are apparently just being emotional or may not understand the history. You can think it's unfair, illegal or whatever. MI tribes are apparently playing nice by negotiating at all. Sure, it's not in their best interests to kill the fish/game populations. You would hope that additionally they would understand, as their ancestors likely did, that there is a proper way to manage wildlife. But at the end of the day, according to the family friend, they can tell us to pound sand. It'll just cost money to find that out legally.
 
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