We have had plenty of discussion regarding Consent Decree in past posts. A real lightening rod issue with a lot of emotion.The fact we dont have a seat at the table so to speak is a joke.
The reality is that the Feds assigned area's to the natives for exclusive fishing and hunting rights. Thus the 1836 agreement and related Consent Decree. Back in the day the Federal Government has a long history of taking back what they given away. In today's culture along with Federal Courts siding with the Natives, we can only hope the negotiations don't hurt us too much.
I have stated many, many times that the "enforcement" of the new Decree must be specifically defined in the new rulings. I fish a lot in Northern MI including the UP and Canada. I know a few Natives, some radical and others understanding. The 2000 Decree had no teeth, the Tribal courts do nothing to stop infractions, the State Courts had their hands tied and the Fed's do not want to stir the pot.
Some natives feel they have been screwed and net and keep whatever they want and sell them in their stores.....nobody does nothing.
We the fishers and somewhat the DNR, as explained in the memo can only be "listeners and not talkers" in the re write.
Lets hope we don't get hurt too bad.