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Austen Brauker
Worked at Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court
Attended CMU
Lives in Onekama
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Spawning season is exactly when the fishing season is open for ALL fishermen. For the hook and line people, sport fishermen, non-indian commercial enterprises, for legal spearing by a small group of natives, this is EXACTLY the time when you are ALLOWED to fish for salmon, all methods of fishing. Our fishing season is right during the spawning run, when the salmon come up the rivers. If you want to know more about where the greatest impact is, look at the numbers taken by non-indian sport and commercial fishermen. Their numbers are hundreds of times greater than a family of indians trying to LEGALLY feed themselves. You should also check the laws because this is a totally legal harvesting activity with VERY low environmental impact. 
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Crushing salmon nests under foot is not low impact, up to 8000 eggs can be laid in each nest and when someone walks over them the eggs are crushed the nests disturbed and the eggs die. 

I know its allowed. I know it "traditional" but its no longer necessary (we now have grocery stores). and what you are witnessing here is nothing traditional about it. (metal poles and spear tips, blue jeans and runners)
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Peacemaker
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  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court
    Peracemaker/Probation Officer
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Onekama
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manistee - mt.pleasant, Mi - angola In - rockford, Mi - okemos, Mi - fremont, In. - traverse city - honor,MI - bay city Mi. - west branch, Mi - clare, Mi.
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Austen Brauker is a tribal member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians from Manistee, Michigan. He works with stained glass, paint, cut paper, oil pastel, photography, custom guitars and other mediums, including traditional crafts such as leather bags, stone and ceramic pipes, and birch bark containers. Austen is the author of two full length fiction novels (“Homunculus” and “Penny Yarrow”), several theatrical plays, and numerous short stories and poetry. He has recently entered into an agreement with a film production company for the screenplay “White Buffalo” to be produced as a feature length film. If asked, those who know him best would probably say “musician” when describing Austen as an artist. He has played guitar for thirty years and produced several compilations of original music. He plays numerous instruments including traditional flute and drum.  Austen hunts deer, bear, elk and spear fishes for his family, which is also an expression of sovereign tribal rights. He currently works as a Peacemaker/Probation Officer for the LRBOI Tribal Justice Center. He is married to his beautiful wife Victoria.
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Musician, Artist, Writer.
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Homunculus, Ottawa, Michigan