CHICAGO, Ill. (WTAQ) - An Indian tribe from northern Michigan wants to join Wisconsin and 4 other states in a lawsuit demanding more federal action to fight the Asian carp.
The Grand Traverse Band of the Chippewa and Ottawa Indians has filed a request to intervene on the states’ side. The tribe says the 5 states are not focusing on what it wants – the preservation of fishing rights in a treaty adopted in 1836.
Wisconsin and the other states say the Chicago area shipping locks cause a public nuisance, because those waters are connected to the carp-infested Mississippi River. They want the government to close the locks and create more barriers to assure that the bloated carp stays out of the Great Lakes – so it doesn’t ruin the region’s fishing industry.
The Obama administration and the state of Illinois say the closing of the locks would hurt Chicago’s economy, with no guarantee that the carp will stay away.
Federal Judge Robert Dow of Chicago started hearing arguments in the suit last month. Another hearing is set for next Tuesday.