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Tribal court hears gill net case

February 17, 2014

MANISTIQUE — Two Garden Peninsula men — charged in connection with the abandonment of more than 10,000 feet of gill net on Lake Michigan — are representing themselves in a trial that began in triba......

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Feb-19-14 4:39 PM

I'm sure their ancestors are rolling in their burial grounds about now. Too bad the Jensens couldnt do anythin constructive. Like wet a line.

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Feb-19-14 12:16 AM

Who Says,

Lightning Can't Strike The Same Place

TWICE, THRICE, or more!

How about an ENCORE for another performance!

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Feb-18-14 10:44 AM

From 3 years ago - same thing, different day

From the Escanaba Daily Press... Fishermen to make pleas in tribal court for gill nets

July 30, 2011

ESCANABA - Two tribal commercial fisherman from the Garden Peninsula are scheduled to make pleas in tribal court regarding citations for four miles of unmarked and unattended gill nets found in Lake Michigan last month. Wade William Jensen, 46, and Troy Nester Jensen, 44, brothers from Fairport, were cited by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians on June 4. The arrests came after officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources found the Jensens' commercial fishing nets containing thousands of pounds of decaying fish. Two gill nets, each two miles long, were located about five miles east of the Garden Peninsula. A mix of rotting lake trout, whitefish and burbot were trapped in the nets. On June 17, the nets were pulled and confiscated by tribal law enforcement, which has jurisdiction over the case.

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Feb-18-14 10:43 AM

The Jensens - brothers and members of the Sault Tribe - are scheduled to enter pleas on the tribal charges on Sept. 8, said a court employee from the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court on Friday. The defendants will make their pleas via a video conference from the Manistique tribal office to the Sault court. Any punishment related to the citations will be according to CORA - the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority - which regulates tribal fishing in the treaty waters in Michigan. Troy Jensen remains lodged in Delta County Jail where he is serving a one-year sentence on a separate state charge relating to illegal fishing. Wade Jensen, a co-defendant in the same case, was also sentenced to a year in jail but is currently on a medical furlough.

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Feb-17-14 8:34 PM

The Jensen's,along with the Swartz brothers hide behind the fact that they are "legally" Native American. When in fact they are a disgrace to the Native American Heritage they cower behind. The Tribal court does nothing to protect a proud heritage, and culture.

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Feb-17-14 1:36 PM

This is just so stupid, these idiots will get a slap on the wrist and they will be out netting fish in no time at all!! I am sick of these so called "native americans" getting away with this year after year after year!!! They either need to have these rights taken away, or they need to fish like their ancestors did in a birch bark canoe with a wooden spear!!

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Feb-17-14 11:54 AM

Just get down to giving them a 50 dollar fine and be done with it. Everyone knows that is what will happen. Why make it seem like there is something in the tribal legal system that would make members fear the tribal law?

Last time a story like this came out, tribal members were selling illegaly harvested fish and were fined like 350 bucks that they ended up getting waived.

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Feb-17-14 11:24 AM

Why aren't they in the Michigan and/or federal courts. It happened off the reservation, so they should not be able to hide behind the sham which is and are the Tribal courts. Why no criminal charges. If a non- native American would have done this, he or she would have already have been in jail.

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