Minn. Tribe Sued For Wrongful Death After Fisherman Drowns

Law360 (March 26, 2020, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The wife of a crew member who drowned while working on a vessel owned by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians' fishery has filed a wrongful death suit in Minnesota federal court, claiming the capsized boat wasn't safe for fishing on an icy lake.

Crystal Beaulieu-Donnell, acting as trustee for her deceased husband, Deland Joseph Beaulieu, lodged her claims Wednesday under the federal Jones Act and general maritime law. She alleged that the tribe, Red Lake Nation Fisheries Inc. and vessel operator Dominick Lee Johnson failed to honor their obligation to provide protective equipment to fishermen such as protective clothing,...

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