1. Essay Focus: Indian Fishing Rights and other Reserved Rights issues: The Controversies and the possible Compromises.
o First step: read and examine the folders,
o and, view Lighting the 7th Fire (1995), 48 minutes.
3. The following are questions and statements to consider, ponder and wonder while viewing Lighting the 7th Fire:
o Why are non-Indian opposed to Indian Fishing?
o What is the major symbolic image of the anti-fishing movement?
o Why do Indian tribal members continue to fish?
o 50 million dollar buyout
o Weakness in presenting the anti-Indian side or the state side of the issues.
o Nation-wide fishing rights controversy
• Write a 400-600 word essay on reserved rights.
• Use at least 3 primary sources and 2 secondary sources to support your hypothesis/thesis.
• Use the MLA style to properly format your research papers.
• Include a Works Cited and properly use in-text citations to cite supporting data, facts and information to substantiate your proofs.
• Thinks about how a trial attorney (either the defense or the prosecution) has to support an argument with facts and testimony to influence/convince triers of fact (a jury) that their argument is strong and closer to the truth than any other argument.
• Use a recognizable pattern of organization like classification and division, comparison and contrast, cause-effect, and argument/persuasion.
• Avoid as much as possible first-person.
• Upload the essay from a file saved in MS-Word, PDF or RTF.
• Include a title that gives the reader a hint of the position you are taking.
• This is not a reflective or personal opinion essay, rather an argument that has to be convincing.
• Indian Fishing Rights (Primary Sources)
• The following are the key primary sources and judicial findings on Indian fishing rights which uphold Indian treaty “reserved” rights. The Rethinking Michigan Indian History has more on fishing rights, especially for Michigan Indian tribes.