News from the Mille Lacs County Tea Party
Tribe asks Court to dismiss reservation boundary lawsuit

Editor’s note: The following update was provided by the Mille Lacs County Tea Party. The Tea Party is an ad hoc committee of the Lake Mille Lacs Association, which has been supportive of PERM since our inception. PERM is pleased to be working together with the Tea Party on the Mille Lacs Reservation boundary dispute. Thank you to the Tea Party volunteers, many of whom are also PERM members. They have worked hard to protect Mille Lacs County residents and everyone else who enjoy all the area has to offer, from the efforts of the Mille Lacs Band to expand their jurisdiction.

As we reflect on the past year, the Mille Lacs County Tea Party should be very satisfied with the successful program undertaken in an effort to get accurate information regarding the Mille Lacs reservation issue out to the citizens of Mille Lacs County. It is at the grassroots level that the impetus will start, that will result in decisions as to whether or not our great United States of America will remain “One Nation - Indivisible”!

As we reflect on the past year, the Mille Lacs County Tea Party should be very satisfied with the successful program undertaken in an effort to get accurate information regarding the Mille Lacs reservation issue out to the citizens of Mille Lacs County. It is at the grassroots level that the impetus will start, that will result in decisions as to whether or not our great United States of America will remain “One Nation - Indivisible”!

The Mille Lacs Band has recently asked the court to dismiss the case filed by Mille Lacs County and joined by the First National Bank of Milaca, on grounds that, “the plaintiffs [the County and the Bank] have not demonstrated any actual or imminent harm to any legally protected interest resulting from the band’s belief that it’s reservation continues to exist.” We know better and are confident that the court will rule against this argument. In addition the Band argues that the case should be dismissed on the grounds that the Band is a sovereign government and is immune from suit based on sovereign immunity. Finally, the Band claims the Court should dismiss the lawsuit because the United States is not a party to the case, and based on the federal government’s special trust obligations to the Band, it is an “indispensable party” to the litigation.

A summary judgment hearing, with oral argument, has been scheduled for 11:00 AM, January 24, 2003, at the Federal Courthouse in St. Paul before Judge Rosenbaum. Anyone interested in riding a bus down from The Mille Lacs Lake area should call Joe Karpen at 320-676-8834.

Ours is a government of laws! It is entirely proper, that the law be interpreted and enforced in an equal, non-partisan fashion.

Our yearly raffle drawings were held at the very successful Deer Hunters supper held at the Onamia Vets Club on Nov. 8. Raffle winners were: 4-wheeler - Jim Ellingson, Onamia:- Browning rifle - Sandy Bronsen, Hillman:- Charles Daly shotgun - Kelly Germain, East Bethel:- New England shotgun - Ross Christensen, Isle:- Eagle fish locator - Mike Tinsle, Coon Rapids and Ruby bracelet - Jeff Hunzker, Omaha,NE.

A highly successful joint auction co-sponsored with PERM resulted in an $18,000 contribution to the boundary litigation fund.

A great big THANK YOU to all of you who helped with your time, talents and donations of merchandise and money as well as your attendance at our events.

Clare Fitz, Chairman
Mille Lacs Tea Party