Minnesota Judge Rejects Claim of Tribal Right to Pipeline Siting Decision

May 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Good decision by Minnesota ALJ Eric Lipman rejecting claims that the Chippewa Tribe should have power over pipeline siting decisions based on a 19th Century treaty.  The Judge ruled that the treaty ceding Chippewa lands in Minnesota to the U.S. government does not bar later acquisition of a route. The Order states, “The treaty does not forbid creation of new rights of way on the land that was sold in 1855,” See article by David Shaffer, Star Tribune.   This will be one to watch as it will likely head to federal court.

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