Another Minnesota treaty rights lawsuit lands in court


Two Leech Lake tribe members facing illegal deer hunting charges asked the Beltrami County District Court to dismiss their case Friday, arguing the state has no jurisdiction to charge them over hunting violations.

According to the legal complaint, Tony Lee Morris and Randy Gregg Finn, both of Cass Lake, Minn., were driving on a rural gravel road a few miles outside the Leech Lake Reservation on Nov. 1, when they saw a small doe. Morris stopped the car and Finn shot the animal out his window.

They followed the wounded deer onto private land, gutted it and dragged the carcass back to the road. When the landowner confronted the two men they drove away, leaving the dead deer behind.


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