Brett’s blog — Where’s the press release?

I hear I’m being accused of covering up a press release from Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude regarding the Mille Lacs Band’s application for federal law enforcement help.

The reason I didn’t run it was because there was nothing new in it.

I sent Ms. Jude several questions that were circulating in the area and was under the impression that she was going to address those questions, perhaps in a column, for this week’s Messenger.

Instead, on Monday, I got the following, which didn’t respond to my questions or say anything new on the topic. So here’s the county news release:

“The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) is a new federal program designed to address public safety issues in Indian country nationwide. Its purpose is to address those reservations, or other Indian country, inadequate access to law enforcement, judicial resources and/or correctional and detention resources. The Mille Lacs Band has applied for TLOA to be implemented throughout the original 61,000 acre reservation boundaries. It is the legal position of the County and the State of Minnesota that the 1855 reservation boundaries were disestablished in later treaties and federal law and confirmed in a 1913 United States Supreme Court decision.

“Mille Lacs County and other units of government were provided notice of the Band’s application. With the assistance of outside counsel, Mille Lacs County is preparing its response to the Band’s application. The County’s response is due on April 26, 2013 and will be available for review at that time. ”

I considered writing another article with more details from the band’s application, and would have included the press release in that, but ran out of time and space on Monday. Maybe next week. We’ll see.

This issue is going to be with us for a while, so there’s no hurry. In the meantime, if you want some background, search our website for the reams of stories we did when the boundary case went to court, or come into the office and I’ll tell you what I know, which I can say with confidence is more than most people in the area.

There’s a lot of fear mongering going on, and I would advise you to learn the facts before getting too worked about it.

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