Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Permitting issue arises due to reservation boundary opinion issued by State


The topic of issuing permits and who has the jurisdiction to do so on the original 1855 Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Reservation was one among several topics readers submitted to the Messenger earlier this year when we committed to address concerns that may arise if the courts rule in favor of the Band's boundary definition to include the 61,000 acres of the lower half of Lake Mille Lacs.

This topic was brought to the forefront due to a stormwater permitting renewal issue in which the property owner with property located within the original reservation was told by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) that they would be required to request a permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because their "property was located on a reservation."

The MPCA website states: "If the project is located in a Tribal Reservation, you will need to obtain permit coverage from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."


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