Little River Tribe Rip Off
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Trap Net


LRB monies dispersed


Manistee Newspaper

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Gill Net

The recent exposť about the tribal commercial fishing in Manistee showed it's never been about fishing rights, sport vs. commercial fishing, or a racial issue.  It's been about how much money the some of the netters could pilfer from the coffers of their tribe.  During 2007 there was an amount of $97,000 given to a tribal fisherman.  Now he's claiming a hardship clause, asking for more money to stay in business.  This does not count the many thousands spent on him before and the extra monies cleaning up the abandoned nets he left in Ludington, MI in 2008.

4/9/08   Yesterday's update about the whistle-blower website concerning the inner workings of the tribal netters was pulled off the internet by the early afternoon.  Never the less there was hundreds of our viewers got to see the truth.  
        I did save the documents from their internal investigation of fraudulent activities that put forth a pretty impressive case against many of the netters.
       There's a hardcore faction within the Little River Tribe of Native Americans that call themselves the Indian Mafia.  The LRB Indian Mafia use blatant tactics of intimidation to run rough-shod.  Therefore, controlling the more moderate & honest tribal members. 
       If the Little River Indians were under more control of our federal government, they'd be under a full investigation under the RICO Act (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations), cuz of organized crime.  This is not our battle to fight and we're better off letting the LRB to settle their own internal conflicts. 
       The trap nets left in since last summer?  We do not have the full story on this yet.  This I do know about nets: over time nets get covered in slime and start growing zebra mussels.  Commercial fishing nets need to be pulled and cleaned for effectiveness. I'll have more on this important story soon.
        Congratulations to our message board members who pulled two top 10 finishes in last weekend's Brown Blast Tournament held in St. Joe, MI.  FBD, Reel Turner, Ufgator and Gene all did a fine job.  In tipping my hat to this fine group, it's my supreme pleasure to know all of you and it's a blessing to have as members of this website!

4/8/08  Today's update is extremely important, but first I have to issue a strong warning to all Lake Michigan fishermen.  Within 3 to 5 weeks there will be boats venturing out of Ludington to Frankfort (if not sooner).  Beware, as the nets tribal fishermen set last summer were not pulled and winter storms have possibly moved them.  I hate the word "possibly," but there's net markers washed up on shore.  
      Recently, the US Coast Guard vessel berthed in Manistee, MI got tangled in an unmarked net, some where's south of the Port of Manistee.  They had to pull their large boat to removed parts of the net from it's running gear.  
      So, take it from me, the mess from last year looks like it's only gotten worse!  Right now, nobody knows where the 21 trap nets might have drifted off to!
       To discover the inner workings of tribal matters, I discovered a website detailing how the 2000 Consent Decree monies given by the State of Michigan has been raped by the tribal netters.  What you'll see is the inside truth of how this has been accomplished.
       Here's a quote and the word Ogema means chief of the tribe: 
"The $800,000+ wasted in "equipment" dwarfs the individual grants. Tribal Council has asked the Ogema and the Department of Public Safety, headed by Joseph LaPorte, to please inventory all of this equipment, because it technically belongs to the Tribe. But, for some unknown reason, the Ogema has refused. Joe LaPorte cited jurisdiction as a problem. Please. The Tribe has no problems with jurisdiction when it comes to screwing over some tribal members, but suddenly their jurisdiction is limited when it comes to going after the Stones. (Because Beth Acre was convicted.) 
       We do know that the money the Tribe spent was very real, and the program is very much dead. You can also see here that Israel is suspected of returning equipment that belongs to the Tribe and getting paid. That is exactly what Kim's sister was busted for. How come Israel isn't in court, Larry? Almost all of the money that was given to the Tribe is now gone, and what little the Tribe does have left will more likely than not have to be spent cleaning up the environmental nightmare the Stones have left for us in Ludington. This program has been completely decimated and raped like the Small Business Grants through the Commerce Commission. Thank you guys...... Please tell your Ogema that you are tired of these guys."
      
The above shows the disgust within the LRB tribe and a total embarrassment to the entire Little River Tribe of Native Americans. $2,139,166.51 has been divested among the tribal fishers.  There was a suspicious repeated amount for many boats all selling at $50,000.00 a piece? 


Retrieved Ghost Net

Sunken Net Boat

Trap Net Lake Trout

Indian Net Boats

5/30/07  Confirmed new net is at N 44-13.248 W 086-24.829 in 90 FOW.  This is a stake in the heart of all fishermen, not just those in Manistee.  LRB tribal fishers line of BS said there commercial netting operation was gonna create 80 to 100 new jobs.  
Ha!.... this is a crock of you know what, because it's doing exactly the reverse.  Thusly, keeping many away from the "Net Capital of the Great Lakes,"  Manistee, MI!
       On a lighter note, Mark C & Tom M from Black Ice Productions were out filming underwater action out of East Chicago, IN.  They captured a short a video of an aggressive Coho meeting it's demise on a BTI and meat rig about 50' down.  You can see how ferocious underwater strikes are by clicking here for this video  

5/29/07  NET WARNING!  Smack dab in the middle of Manistee's most highly trafficked shelf, there's a net at 13.2 starting in about 50 fow and moving west to 140 fow.  This location brings to mind, the tune by Ted Nugent: Stranglehold!  
      This shows the iniquitous net fishers have ABSOLUTELY no respect for the sports fishing fleet.   Things are not cool in Manistee, MI is the way I see it!
      The reel assessment of the last weekend's Memorial Day Weekend was: nobody was in Manistee.  25% of what's considered normal?... with gas being over 3.50 a gallon keeping many away.  Then,... there's the tribal netters
scaring several away.  
      Fishing for spring Kings was just decent, but not anything close to red hot.  Best was north, or 2 miles south of Guerney Creek to before you ran into more nets at the 6s, north of Big Point Sable.  Silvery spring Kings from 6 to 15 lbs were being reported.

5/28/07  Please spend some time today remembering the sacrifice put forth by members of our armed forces since 1776.  I do not have words for the ultimate courage displayed by our armed forces.
Special Net Alert:  8pm last night there was a tribal fisher setting a net in the 13s in 80 to 100 feet of water according to message board member, Jerryriggin.

5/27/07  According my count with the lat/lons supplied to me by Tribal Law Enforcement Officer, Capt. Dave Deforest, the are 11 sets of nets from Onekama to Big Point Sable.  Then, there's the unconfirmed net marker at 16.1.  Your safest water is from the 8s to the 18's (discounting the 16.1 marker).  Manistee has more nets, than the NBA and when is enough..... enough?  Click here for net lat/lons
       Manistee was a hit & miss deal from yesterday's fish reports.  Best I heard was from Capt. Larry Scharich.  His vessel the "Reel Pleasure" took a dozen fish in about 6 hrs.  Skipper Larry said, "no one place was better than another and a lot of wandering from shallow to deep was done.  Results were from a slow, but steady pick."

5/30/07  Confirmed new net is at N 44-13.248 W 086-24.829 in 90 FOW.  This is a stake in the heart of all fishermen, not just those in Manistee.  LRB tribal fishers line of BS said there commercial netting operation was gonna create 80 to 100 new jobs.  
Ha!.... this is a crock of you know what, because it's doing exactly the reverse.  Thusly, keeping many away from the "Net Capital of the Great Lakes,"  Manistee, MI!
       On a lighter note, Mark C & Tom M from Black Ice Productions were out filming underwater action out of East Chicago, IN.  They captured a short a video of an aggressive Coho meeting it's demise on a BTI and meat rig about 50' down.  You can see how ferocious underwater strikes are by clicking here for this video  

5/29/07  NET WARNING!  Smack dab in the middle of Manistee's most highly trafficked shelf, there's a net at 13.2 starting in about 50 fow and moving west to 140 fow.  This location brings to mind, the tune by Ted Nugent: Stranglehold!  
      This shows the iniquitous net fishers have ABSOLUTELY no respect for the sports fishing fleet.   Things are not cool in Manistee, MI is the way I see it!
      The reel assessment of the last weekend's Memorial Day Weekend was: nobody was in Manistee.  25% of what's considered normal?... with gas being over 3.50 a gallon keeping many away.  Then,... there's the tribal netters
scaring several away.  
      Fishing for spring Kings was just decent, but not anything close to red hot.  Best was north, or 2 miles south of Guerney Creek to before you ran into more nets at the 6s, north of Big Point Sable.  Silvery spring Kings from 6 to 15 lbs were being reported.

5/28/07  Please spend some time today remembering the sacrifice put forth by members of our armed forces since 1776.  I do not have words for the ultimate courage displayed by our armed forces.
Special Net Alert:  8pm last night there was a tribal fisher setting a net in the 13s in 80 to 100 feet of water according to message board member, Jerryriggin.

5/27/07  According my count with the lat/lons supplied to me by Tribal Law Enforcement Officer, Capt. Dave Deforest, the are 11 sets of nets from Onekama to Big Point Sable.  Then, there's the unconfirmed net marker at 16.1.  Your safest water is from the 8s to the 18's (discounting the 16.1 marker).  Manistee has more nets, than the NBA and when is enough..... enough?  Click here for net lat/lons
       Manistee was a hit & miss deal from yesterday's fish reports.  Best I heard was from Capt. Larry Scharich.  His vessel the "Reel Pleasure" took a dozen fish in about 6 hrs.  Skipper Larry said, "no one place was better than another and a lot of wandering from shallow to deep was done.  Results were from a slow, but steady pick."