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Plans taking shape for feds to transfer more than 11,000 acres to Leech Lake Reservation



A truck left the Chippewa National Forest, in Cass County, Minn., on March 8, 2006.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is another step closer to getting back land the United States government seized more than six decades ago and assigned to the Chippewa National Forest.

The band and the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday announced they have signed a "Plan of Survey," which will be used to implement the transfer of 11,760 acres of land from the Forest Service to the United States of America in trust for the band.

"It is with great joy and hope for the future in our hearts that we celebrate the latest step forward in restoring a portion of the illegally transferred lands back to the Leech Lake Ojibwe," said Faron Jackson Sr., the band's chairman, in a statement. "On behalf of the Band, I want to express my gratitude to the Forest Service and Tribal staff collaborating behind the scenes to move this land transfer toward completion."


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