Feds Back Mille Lacs Tribe In Reservation Boundary Fight

Law360 (March 2, 2021, 5:53 PM EST) -- The federal government on Monday backed a Minnesota tribe seeking to empower its police officers on tribal lands, saying the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's reservation, established through an 1885 treaty, has never been diminished.

In a proposed amicus brief filed in Minnesota federal court, the United States argued that a tribe's treaty land cannot be disestablished without "clear congressional intent" and that Congress has never taken explicit action to shrink the Mille Lacs Band's lands north of Minneapolis, despite arguments to the contrary from local county officials.

"Although post-1855 treaties, statutes, and agreements addressed the opening of [tribal] lands to...

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