Minn. DNR Makes 4th Attempt to Duck Tribal Groundwater Suit

By Victoria McKenzie (September 15, 2021, 9:27 PM EDT) -- A tribe's lawsuit against Minnesota Department of Natural Resource officials over the Enbridge pipeline expansion has been stayed pending an appeal in tribal court, as the state makes a fourth attempt to escape a novel challenge to the state's allegedly illegal groundwater grab.

Tribal Court Judge B.J. Jones on Tuesday stayed proceedings against individual Minnesota DNR officials after they filed twin appeals Monday in the Eighth Circuit and in the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court of Appeals arguing the tribal court erred in denying their motion to dismiss the lawsuit in August on sovereign immunity grounds.

The DNR officials...

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