Killer Crisis: Fight between Mille Lacs County, Ojibwe threatens opioid response
December 29, 2017
BRAINERD, Minn. — The leader of a small tribe of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota thinks an increase in drug overdose deaths is due in part to county officials removing authority from her tribal police.
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation sits mostly within the geographic boundary of Mille Lacs County, where county officials last year ended a police cooperation agreement. That ended tribal police authority on most parts of the reservation to enforce state laws, such as those dealing with illegal drugs.