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Today in 1836, in Washington D.C., a few dozen Michigan Anishinaabe ogemuk signed a treaty with the United States, represented by Henry Schoolcraft.
The treaty continues to serve as the original formal acknowledgment of the sovereignty of the Indian tribes represented there, many but not all of which are currently federally recognized.
In exchange for 1/3 of the state, the tribes were entitled to hunt and fish as long as they remained.
But much later, in the 1960s, the state of Michigan started heavily regulating commercial fishermen, including tribes, limiting where and how they fished.
John Bailey was a tribal leader at the time and says the regulations hurt the tribes.
Inspired by the Civil Rights movement in the south, tribes began using non-violent civil disobedience to protest the regulations. They ignored state fishing restrictions and said to the authorities, come arrest me.
According to John Bailey, a lot of whites didn’t react well.
One of the groups actually took pictures of Indian fisherman and flooded the state with wanted posters: Spear an Indian, Save a Trout. We had guns pulled on us. We had women verbally and physically assaulted.
White commercial and sports fisherman thought traditional nets used by the tribes would lead to overfishing, destroying the fishing economy.
The fight came to a head in 1979, when the tribes went to court. They pulled out that treaty from 1836. And because of that they won. The courts said: These tribes, they own a part of that lake and the water and the fish in it, too. That’s why tribal fisherman can still fish today.
Source: Turtle Talk, March 28, 2011.
Acting upon a petition presented to him in 1819, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass issued a proclamation setting off and naming St. Clair County, created from part of Macomb County. The county was named after Arthur St. Clair, the first governor of the Northwest Territory.
Source: Michigan History
Snyder Under Fire For Pardoning Attorney For GOP Donor
The revelation that Governor Rick Snyder pardoned an attorney for 5-hour Energy, the Michigan-based company whose owner is a major benefactor of Republican causes, brought a storm of criticism upon Mr. Snyder on Friday that the decision smacked of special treatment. Mr. Snyder told The Associated Press, which first reported the politically charged background of Alan Gocha Jr., whom the governor pardoned for a drunken driving offense in late December, that he pardoned Mr. Gocha on the merits of his application, not based on politics. The owner of 5-hour Energy, Farmington Hills resident Manoj Bhargava, has not donated directly to candidates and causes, but instead done so from the variety of limited liability companies he controls, the Center for Public Integrity reported this week. Those companies have donated to candidates and causes from both parties, but more heavily to Republicans, the center reported.
State Workers Concerned About Dual Eligible Program For Some Seniors
Some state workers are calling a pilot program the state is launching an "exploitation" of seniors affected by the program, but the state says it is a way to provide better services to customers who are dually enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare.
Court Of Appeals Allows Ex-Staffer's Lawsuit Against Banks To Proceed
A lawsuit against Rep. Brian Banks by a fired legislative aide will continue after a Court of Appeals panel ruled the Wayne Circuit Court properly rejected Mr. Banks' motion to dismiss the case.
Shirkey Readying Revisions To APRN Bill
Sen. Mike Shirkey said Friday that he's "inches away" from completing a substitute that takes into account the testimony from numerous sides on a bill that would license advanced practice registered nurses and allow them to prescribe certain controlled substances without physician oversight.
Bill Making Catastrophic Claims Association Public Resurfaces
Sen. Joe Hune, chair of the Senate Insurance Committee, introduced legislation this week mimicking Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof's bill late last term that replaces the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association with a public body.
Winters Named Personnel Director
After two stints as state employer, Jan Winters will now serve as state personnel director, the Civil Service Commission announced Friday.
Sanborn Forms Congressional Exploratory Committee
Former Sen. Alan Sanborn took another step Friday toward a run for the 10th U.S. House District to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Candace Miller (R-Harrison Township) in forming an exploratory committee that will allow him to raise and spend money toward a possible bid.
Schuette Submits Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Attorney General Bill Schuette filed his brief Friday with the U.S. Supreme Court defending the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Essentially, Mr. Schuette argued (in DeBoer v. Snyder) that the states should have the right to define marriage and nothing in the U.S. Constitution requires any state to follow the definition set by others.
Grand Valley Charter Office Accredited
Grand Valley State University moved this week from being on a list of charter school authorizers at risk of losing that authority to the first to be accredited, the school announced.
Audit Finds Weak Database Controls With DTMB
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget has not done enough to ensure only appropriate access to the various Oracle databases it oversees, auditors said in a report issued Friday.
Eagle Mine Permits Renewed With Changes
The Department of Environmental Quality has renewed permits for the Eagle Mine near Marquette to discharge water from the mine to groundwater but has increased some of the monitoring requirements. Among the changes to the permit is requiring that the effluent from the mine be tested weekly, up from the monthly testing requirement under the prior permit. Water flowing into the mine's treatment system now has to be tested twice monthly. The permit also requires the company to test groundwater for vanadium and to address it if elevated levels are found.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 62, March 27, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
The same week former Aramark contract monitor Edwin BUSS left his state job, two issues involving the private prison food contractor came across his desk.
For the full article, see "Aramark Officials Question Correctional Officers' Conduct", Inside MIRS Today, March 27, 2015.
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A state employee union is accusing the state of using "insidious" means to outsource services for the elderly and disabled adults.
But a Michigan Department of Human Services spokesman said the moves shouldn't cost state jobs and are part of a broader effort to better coordinate services for up to 20,000 Michiganders who need help living at home, including some in Calhoun County.
At issue are two state programs: One is DHS's Independent Living Services, or ILS, which offers help with everything from eating and laundry to shopping and managing bills for those who can live at home but still need assistance. The other is the state's MI Health Link initiative, a pilot program launched earlier this month in Calhoun County and other parts of the state. That program allows adults 21 or older enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid to use a single plan to access a range of services, including ILS.
Currently, DHS employees handle case management for ILS participants, including assessments and home visits. For those in the MI Health Link program, that work will be done by the health plans themselves — including Aetna Better Health of Michigan in the southwestern part of the state, Meridian Health Plan of Michigan and the Upper Peninsula Health Plan in the U.P.
The union representing most DHS employees is particularly chagrined over the way Michiganders are being signed up. Eligible people were sent a letter telling them they'll be automatically enrolled in the new program unless they formally request to stay on their current plans. Those in the first phase of the program have until April 30 to decide
For the full article, see Justin A. Hinkley, "State workers cry foul on adult services plan", Battle Creek Enquirer, March 27, 2015.
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