Calling it 'public safety crisis,' Gov. Dayton orders end to county-tribal dispute


October 9, 2017

ONAMIA, MINN. – A 15-month dispute between county and tribal leaders over policing of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation has drawn the ire of Gov. Mark Dayton, who is urging the two sides to quickly end what he calls a “public safety crisis.”

After working together for 25 years under a joint law enforcement agreement, Mille Lacs County severed ties with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s police department in the summer of 2016 because of concerns about tribal police work. Tribal officials say those concerns are meritless and that the county’s decision to end the relationship jeopardizes public safety.


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