Was the deputy thoughtless, or stupid? Obviously, things escalated quickly, but damn. It was December and the Ojibwe had to eat, too. Besides, fourteen against one seems like a foolhardy ratio...
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THREATENED UPRISING OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS
Resist Arrest by a Deputy Game Warden for Having Shot Deer Out of Season.
St Paul, Dec. 3--Another uprising of the Chippewa Indians is threatened. The Game Warden at Sauk Rapids has had a fight with fourteen red men, whom he attempted to arrest, in which he was badly whipped, and State Game Warden Fullerton has ordered that the Indians be taken into custody, be the result as it may. The Indians declare they will resist all attempts to capture them and will organize a rebellion.
The Sauk Rapids deputy met the Indians in the woods, and as each one was carrying the carcass of a deer he attempted to arrest them on a charge of having violated the game laws. In the fight that followed the deputy was severely punished and his rifle taken from him. The Indians warned him against following them _____ they would never be taken alive, and threatening to begin shooting the moment a posse appeared in sight.
Game Warden Fullerton has notified the authorities that he will pursue the Indians with a posse, and serious trouble is feared.
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Ok--here's a quote from the Wikipedia article about the Ojibwe (Chippewa) people:
"Often, earlier treaties were known as "Peace and Friendship Treaties" to establish community bonds between the Ojibwe and the European settlers. These earlier treaties established the groundwork for cooperative resource-sharing between the Ojibwe and the settlers. The United States and Canada viewed later treaties offering land cessions as offering territorial advantages. The Ojibwe did not understand the land cession terms in the same way because of the cultural differences in understanding the uses of land. The governments of the US and Canada considered land a commodity of value that could be freely bought, owned and sold.
The Ojibwe believed it was a fully shared resource, along with air, water and sunlight. At the time of the treaty councils, they could not conceive of separate land sales or exclusive ownership of land".....
...or the right to limit hunting for food, either.
I wonder what happened next, don't you?