November 18, 2017 01:39 PM
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced Friday that it has filed a complaint in federal district court against Mille Lacs County and its officials, the next step in an ongoing dispute over the tribe's policing.
The complaint alleges that the county has prevented Mille Lacs Band police officers from exercising their power within the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation, which has contributed to an epidemic of drug overdoses.
A release from the tribe said county officials have threatened Band police with arrest if they attempt to carry out law enforcement duties outside the land held in trust for the Band.
In July 2016, Mille Lacs County revoked a 25-year-old joint law enforcement agreement with tribal police that gave the Band authority to enforce state law on the reservation.
Gov. Mark Dayton has called the issue a "public safety crisis" and urged the two sides to resolve the dispute in September.
Mille Lacs County Administrator Pat Oman said at the time that the county had put a new joint law enforcement agreement on the table, but disagreements persist.
Updated: November 18, 2017 01:39 PM
Created: November 18, 2017 11:12 AM
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