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 By Abby Simons    News    September 18, 2013

American Indian activist's trial ends with hung jury

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...

 By Abby Simons    Features    July 13, 2012

Court rejects Minn. fishing protester's claims of discrimination

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...

 By Abby Simons    News    July 21, 2011

Tribal members lose immunity ruling

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...


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