MADISON - It was a testy day at the state Capitol where the annual State of the Tribes speech was given.
The day got off to an awkward start.
The tribes had planned to march around the Capitol with a drum; however, rain forced them inside.
The drum ceremony disrupted a high school band which was playing inside the rotunda.
The band waited for the tribal members to move into the Assembly chamber before playing again.
That was before the fiery speech.
The 9th annual State of the Tribes address touched on a range of issues, including mining and fishing rights.
While the speech called for cooperation from the tribes and state leaders, it also pointed to issues where tribes may not be as willing to compromise.
Gordon Thayer, the chairman of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, set a tone of togetherness at the start of his speech.
"We're not your adversaries, we're a part of this great state of Wisconsin," said Thayer.
But it didn't take long before Thayer took state lawmakers to task on a major issue in the state, mining.
"Make no mistake, 11 tribes of Wisconsin opposed the proposed mine and its permitting process," said Thayer.
Thayer says the tribes will continue to oppose any efforts to open a mine in Northwestern Wisconsin.
"We cannot cash in our natural resources for corporate profit," said Thayer. "It's not to be traded, our natural resources, like some asset or some commodity."
Republican lawmakers say the tribes need to show willingness to compromise.
"Collaboration is a two-way street and at times it doesn't appear to be that way always," said State Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah.
Thayer also made it very clear in his speech the tribes plan to exercise their rights to spear fish on Northern lakes.
"The Wisconsin DNR must recognize it's not the '80s. Spear fishing and treaty protected rights have ensured a safe harvest for all to enjoy," said Thayer.
Thayer said the DNR is using a propaganda campaign to scare fishermen and guilt tribes into taking fewer fish.
"Fishing season, tribal or non-tribal hasn't even started yet. And yet the DNR hitting the news circuit with press releases that tribes would have sportsmen think that the DNR option of a bag limit is about saving the fish in Northern Wisconsin," said Thayer.
Kaufert says if the tribes don't abide by a 16-year-old agreement with the state governing tribal spear fishing, he will push to take away grant money for some tribes.
"If there isn't talks between them and hopefully they come to at least some fruition and compromise, it's certainly going to be on the table," said Kaufert.
Democrats say they don't believe the tribes are setting up for a fight on mining and fishing rights.
"I didn't view it as a negative but I think some things that needed to be said were said and I think we should respect that," said State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh.
Thayer said any disagreements that do exist can be overcome if both sides are willing.
"Believe me I think this is something we can work through as long as we want to sit down together and work through it," said Thayer.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp released a statement Tuesday afternoon. It reads in part:
"I have stated it in the past, and I want to be clear again, that the Chippewa tribes are acting lawfully within their treaty rights and the increased declarations do not endanger the fishery.
However the declaration of 197 lakes at a level that will result in a one-walleye daily bag limit for anglers was a drastic increase, given that over the past 15 years, we have seen a maximum of 10 lakes declared at one time for one-walleye bag limits.
As we have stated publicly, the reduced bag limit has the potential to drive down angler participation throughout the summer, decreasing tourism to the lakes of northern Wisconsin, and impacting local economies. These are economies that are already suffering the impacts of reduced winter recreation and summer visits."
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.
FOX 11 Investigates takes a closer look at the property on the west side of Lambeau Field purchased by the Green Bay Packers.
More than $265,000 was donated to the Salvation Army of the Fox Cities as a result of last Friday's Thrivent Financial for Lutherans match day.
Two people are displaced after an apartment fire in Grand Chute.