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At State of Nation, White Earth Chairman Fairbanks outlines land recovery goals

DETROIT LAKES - There is a lot of interest among White Earth tribal members over the band's efforts to regain control over the White Earth State Forest and the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Tribal Chairman Michael Fairbanks said in his State of the Nation address on Thursday.

"We are working on this," he said.

Regarding the 43,000-acre Tamarac Refuge, at the March 29 Tribal Council meeting, White Earth "signed our end of the MOA (memorandum of agreement) with U.S. Fish & Wildlife," Fairbanks said. "We're integrating our conservation code into the Fish & Wildlife code." The next steps involving the MOA will be announced later on the White Earth Nation website or Facebook page, he said.


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