Mich. Tells 6th Circ. Tribe Never Had A Reservation

Law360 (May 21, 2020, 10:03 PM EDT) -- Michigan has urged the Sixth Circuit to uphold a lower court's ruling that the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians can't get recognition of their reservation boundaries, saying the judge rightly found that an 1855 treaty set aside land for individuals, not a reservation.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer along with cities, counties and local interest groups told the appellate court Wednesday in two briefs that the parties to the treaty agreed at the time that the United States would withdraw from sale unsold public lands in townships so that eligible band members could buy them before the federal government disposed of...

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