NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 12, 1978
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(Studio) Report is on court dispute between Indians and sports fishermen over fishing rights in Lake Superior.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Charlevoix, Michigan) Settlement of Lake Superior shores by Chippewa tribe of Ottawa nation and their eventual treaty with United States concerning land that became part of Michigan and fishing rights in lake noted. Impt. of commercial fishing on Chippewa reservation after some Indians bought nets and began doing this as business venture stated. Exhaustion of fish supply in Whitefish Bay area, between United States and Canada, and Indians' move south to Lake Michigan reported Size of sport fishing on Lake Michigan and state's expenses in restocking it with lake trout for sport mentioned; lake trout said to be off limits to all commercial fishermen but Indians. [Dr. John SPENCER - states sport fishermen's complaint about Indians.] Fishing in Charlevoix, Michigan, area reported Decision of federal judge in Grand Rapids that Indians can keep fishing rights till final decision cited. [Sport fisherman Mark KANTOLA - says there will be no fish by time court settlement reached.] [Indian fisherman Tom MALLOY - says sport fishermen have to work at finding fish just like anything else.] Actions of town residents against Indians described. [Indian fisherman Clinton PARISH - notes that Indians are afraid to leave equipment on beach because it will be destroyed.] Pollution issue involved in situation detailed; safety of whitefish for consumption and contamination of lake trout by PCB stated. Indians' shipping of trout to places outside Michigan, like Chicago, where warnings about trout aren't heard, reported FDA's responsibility for checking fish and regulations with regard to shipments noted. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regional director Lloyd CLAIBORNE - says no inspections have been made of fish coming in and then being sent to New York City because there has been no way of doing so. Comments on news teams ease in finding that contaminated fish were being shipped.]
REPORTER: Jim Cummins