Saginaw Chippewa Tribe wins support for reservation settlement
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan won support from Isabella County for a settlement to its reservation status case.

The deal settles the boundaries of the Isabella Reservation. It addresses law enforcement, land-into-trust and taxation issues.

For the first time, state police officers will be cross-deputized to enforce tribal and federal law. The tribe retains civil and criminal jurisdiction over Indians on the reservation.

The deal also requires the tribe to make payments in lieu of taxes for land that is placed in trust. According to a county commissioner, the payment will equal seven years’ property tax.

Judge Thomas L. Ludington will be accepting public comments on the settlement until November 19. Turtle Talk has posted materials from the case.

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Isabella County approves Tribal lawsuit settlement (The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun 11/10)

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