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.Posted at 2:51 PM to Soonerland
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Dustbury links to this article about the Ottawa Indian tribe claiming a large portion of North Bass Island. Their stated purpose is to re-establish fishing and hunting on the island. North Bass Island is located within a chain of......[read more]