Red Lake Nation settles case over unused detention facility
The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota has reached a settlement over a juvenile detention facility on the reservation.

The tribe used $2 million in federal and tribal funds to build the 13,000 square-foot facility. But a lawsuit says the Bureau of Indian Affairs failed to request money to operate the center, which sits unused after five years.

The case was headed to trial but the two parties agreed to a settlement. The tribe said it will be receiving money -- the amount was not disclosed -- to operate the center.

“While I am frustrated that the United States took a very long time to do what it promised, late is better than never,” Chairman Floyd “Buck” Jourdain said in a press release.

The lawsuit was filed in federal district courthouse in Washington, D.C. The case is Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians v. US, No. 06-1826.

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Red Lake settles lawsuit with United States Department of the Interior (The Bemidji Pioneer 5/27)

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