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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Celebrates Major Milestone in Land Restoration Efforts

Cass Lake, MN, June 20, 2024– The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) is proud to announce a significant milestone in the implementation of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act. The Chief of the US Forest Service has signed a Decision Memo, achieving the legislative goal of transferring approximately 11,760 acres of federal land, currently managed by the Chippewa National Forest (CPF), into trust for the benefit of the LLBO.

This legislation, enacted in December 2020, is a crucial step in addressing historical injustices faced by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. These lands, wrongfully taken through illegal transfers, are now being restored after generations of effort by the LLBO. The recent development involves 345 Restoration Parcels totaling 11,778.13 acres. The next steps include the publication of legal descriptions in the Federal Register, formalizing the land transfer process.

"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. 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 towards completion. This is one of the most monumental and positive developments to take place on Leech Lake since the first treaties were signed and the reservation was established in 1855," said Faron Jackson Sr., Chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.


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