Case Summary Citation

Minnesota Dep’t of Nat. Res. v. Manoomin, No. AP21-0516, (White Earth Band of Ojibwe Ct. of Appeals March, 10, 2022)


In 2021 manoomin (wild rice), a legally recognized person in White Earth Band tribal law, brought a case in White Earth Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Wild rice brought this case against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ over its issuance of a water permit to Enbridge Inc. for the construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline. Though ultimately ruling that the Tribal Court did not have subject matter jurisdiction because the activity at issue occurred by non-Indians outside of the reservation boundaries, this case still brings a novel consideration in the tribal jurisdiction analysis because of its push for tribal sovereignty via legal rights of nature legislation.



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