The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is hosting a free seminar aimed at non-tribal members to better explain the treaty rights tribal members use to hunt, fish and gather across much of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The event is free and open to the public, set for 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. It's aimed at anyone who wants to know more about treaty rights.

The event comes just as tribal members, much as their ancestors did in centuries past, are preparing to spear and net fish after ice leaves Northland lakes. Those rights were affirmed by federal court rulings decades ago covering areas ceded to the U.S. government under treaties with the Lake Superior Chippewa bands.

Ann McCammon-Soltis, director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, will be the moderator, and the program will include Jon Gilbert, the commission's biological services director, laying out the treaty fishing management framework, followed by Brian Borkholder, Fond du Lac fisheries biologist, speaking about how the band implements its off-reservation fisheries management, including population surveys, seasons, stocking/radio tracking, etc.

Several tribal leaders and members will speak about what the exercise of treaty fishing rights means to them and their ability to feed their families and communities. There will also be a time for audience questions. Parking at the aquarium is $5.