Village debates appeal in Oneida Nation law enforcement case

Hobart will "likely" appeal a decision that said the Oneida Nation can serve as a "primary responsive law enforcement agency" under state law, the village's director of community development and tribal affairs said.

The village believes it should be the primary agency for 911 calls. But the Wisconsin Court of Appeals said the tribe's agreement with Brown County to serve as first responder was valid.

"The Village Board is likely to appeal this decision up to the state Supreme Court, but they will consider these matters in closed session at the board meeting July 5," Elaine Willman, who was the former leader of an anti-Indian group, told The Green Bay Press-Gazette in response to the ruling.

The tribe's police force has 20 officers. The village only has seven officers that it shares with another town.

Get the Story:
District court of appeals upholds ruling for Oneida police (The Green Bay Press-Gazette 6/29)

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Decision:
Village of Hobart v. Brown County (June 28, 2011)

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Court rejects challenge to Oneida Nation law enforcement deal (6/28)

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