March 19, 1991: A 16-year-old legal battle came to a close on March 19, 1991, when Judge
Barbara Crabb issued her final judgment in the case between the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Superior Indians and the
State of Wisconsin. The case involved the Indians' off-reservation hunting and fishing rights. Crabb's ruling recognized
the rights of the Chippewa Indians to hunt and fish in their traditional methods. The case began in 1974 when two members
of the Lac Courte Oreilles band were arrested for cutting a hole in the ice and spearing fish on a lake in
northwestern Wisconsin. Before the final judgment ending the case, tribal members were often harassed by rock-throwing
demonstrators during the spring spearfishing season.