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  • Abby Simons, Star Tribune|Sep 18, 2013

    The weeklong trespassing trial of American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt ended Tuesday when a deadlocked jury could not reach a verdict. After deliberations that began Friday afternoon, the six-member jury announced several times that it was unable to unanimously agree of a verdict on the misdemeanor trespassing count stemming from Bellecourt’s Christmas Eve arrest at the IDS Center’s Crystal Court. After asking the jury three times to return to deliberations, Judge James Moore declared the mistrial shortly after noon. The case is...

  • Abby Simons, Star Tribune|Jul 13, 2012

    The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected discrimination claims made by a Minnesota angler who intentionally caught a walleye out of season to protest what he said was favorable treatment of the Chippewa. In a 16-page ruling, the court declined to hear Stephen Fellegy's claim that his equal protection rights were violated when he was charged and convicted for catching the walleye in Lake Mille Lacs two days before the May 2010 fishing opener. The ruling is likely to be appealed and could lay the foundation for another protest,...

  • Tribal members lose immunity ruling

    Abby Simons, Star Tribune|Jul 21, 2011

    Tribal members claiming sovereignty are not immune from the state's statute ordering the civil commitment of sexually dangerous people, the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered Wednesday. The decision upholds an earlier appeals court ruling that the state of Minnesota has the jurisdiction to commit Jeremiah Jerome Johnson, a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and Lloyd Robert Desjarlais, a member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The men, whose criminal records include sexual assaults both on and...