Treaty Beer can - ROM2015_14717_3


Treaty Beer can

Maker: Torc Brewing Company
Geography: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Date: Late 1980s
12.1 x 6.5 cm
Object number: 2015.33.4
Credit Line: Gift of Kenneth R. Lister
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
Description"Racism in a Can" Although the treaties signed between the Ojibwe and the United States government secured the right for the Ojibwe to hunt, fish, and gather on ceded lands, state officials viewed these activities as reinforcing mobility and not conducive for promoting assimilation. The State of Wisconsin also argued that after it was granted statehood in 1848 the State had the right to manage resources on and off reservation lands. Through the 1980s Ojibwe were persecuted for spearfishing off reservation lands. Treaty rights protestors believed that the treaties gave the Ojibwe unfair access to resources, that their spearing activities would ravage fish stocks and harm tourism, and that treaty rights undermined American individualism and equality. In 1987, the Stop Treaty Abuse (STA) organization launched Treaty Beer as a means to raise funds to support organizations and political candidates committed to ending treaties. In addition to this type of anti-treaty support, treaty rights protestors subjected spearfishers to racial insults and violence.
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