Winner:Treaty of 1837

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In 1837, the U.S. government and the Ojibwe Indians signed the Treaty of St. Peters. Also known as the White Pine Treaty, the agreement opened the great white pine forest in the St. Croix River valley to lumbermen from the eastern U.S. Easy to harvest, with strong and durable wood, the white pine was the lumberman's tree of choice. For over half a century, white pine lumber fueled the economic development and settlement of Minnesota.
~Joe Niznik, Minneapolis, MN

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