Fred Maulson: Tribes Care for the Fish

by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)

During the nineteen-eighties Walleye War Fred Maulson was attending school at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua, Wisconsin.  Launching his boat, he'd go spearing at night and often hear the treaty protesters screaming epithets like "Spear a pregnant squaw, save a walleye," or "Timber Nigger."

Despite the harassment, pressure, and gunfire Maulson, like many Anishinaabe kept spearing  because he was willing to die for the fish.

Fred's Dad Tom Maulson was a war chief from Lac Du Flambeau who told his people to fight for what is right. To put food on the table.

Now, after college, and getting training in community policing Fred Maulson leads law enforcement for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.  Maulson recounts some of the lessons of the Walleye War.

"The walleye in the ceded territory are some of best cared for fish in North America."

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