Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and Isabella County settle jurisdiction lawsuit

Judge Thomas Ludington, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, approved a settlement of a suit that declares all of Isabella Reservation to be Indian Country, that resolves longstanding disputes over the boundaries and existence of the Isabella Reservation in Michigan.

The settlement also covers various intergovernmental agreements regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act, taxation, regulation, land use, revenue sharing, and law enforcement jurisdiction that seek to resolve the way the tribe, state, city of Mt. Pleasant, and Isabella County operate on a day-to-day basis.

“This historic settlement brings resolution and clarity to the jurisdictional boundaries of the Saginaw Chippewa Reservation and serves the interests of the people of the state of Michigan, the county of Isabella, the city of Mt. Pleasant, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the United States,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice.

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