Minnesota Indian appointed federal magistrate

Leo Brisbois has become the first American Indian to serve as a United States magistrate judge in Minnesota, and is only the second American Indian to ever hold the position in the nation. Judge Brisbois is a citizen of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians.

Magistrates assist the federal district court judges in getting cases ready for trial, and may decide civil trials when both parties agree to have the case heard by a magistrate judge.

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