The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 April 2005

Perhaps they'd take Cleveland

The thousand or so members of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma have claimed a 350-acre section of North Bass Island, on Lake Erie north of Port Clinton, Ohio, a tract currently owned by Ohio state government.

The tribe contends that it has hunting and fishing rights to the island under an 1805 treaty, and has announced plans to set up a fishing fleet. Some in Ohio, including Attorney General Jim Petro, dispute the claim, and inasmuch as the Ottawa are also seeking a casino in Ohio, it's been suggested that the claim is essentially a ploy to extract a casino concession from the state.

In addition to the 350 acres, the Ottawa are seeking to collect damages for being deprived of its use during the intervening years.

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Who in their right mind wants to fish in Lake Erie?

Posted by: McGehee at 9:31 PM on 7 April 2005

There are actual fish there, I am told.

What's more, the Cuyahoga River doesn't catch on fire anymore.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:35 PM on 7 April 2005

...doesn't catch on fire anymore.

"What is, things realtors learn not to tell prospective buyers on the first day? I'll take Potent Potables for $1,000, Alex."

Posted by: McGehee at 9:25 AM on 8 April 2005