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Highway signs don't resolve dispute over Mille Lacs Band reservation boundary


February 1, 2021

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

New highway signs mark the border of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation as outlined in a treaty signed in 1855. The county disputes the boundary.

New highway signs marking the boundary of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation went up last month, but a protracted border dispute is far from over.

Minnesota Department of Transportation crews put up signs that read "Misi-zaaga'iganiing / Mille Lacs Reservation / Established in 1855 Treaty" on Hwys. 169, 27 and 47 on the outer edges of the reservation as spelled out in the treaty.

The signs come after Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Gov. Tim Walz last year sided with the band in an opinion that asserts that it still has 61,000 acres on the southern shore of Lake Mille Lacs in central Minnesota.


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