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Another autopsy dustup after death of Fond du Lac Band woman

The flag of the Fond du Lac Band in Minnesota. Image from Wikipedia

For the second time in less than a week, a tribal family has clashed with authorities in Minnesota over a planned autopsy.

Autumn Irene Martineau, 24, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, died in a vehicle accident on Tuesday. Authorities in Carlton County refused to release her body to her family because they wanted to conduct an autopsy.

After the family went to court this morning, authorities relented and released the remains. The incident has troubled tribal leaders, who say their religious and cultural beliefs aren't being respected.

"Every other religion or belief system is recognized but ours. Why is that? It has to end, and it has to end today," Kevin Dupuis Sr, a council member, told NNCNOW.Com.

Just this past Monday, authorities in St. Louis County were forced to release the remains of Mushkoob Aubid, who was a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians, after his family protested a planned autopsy.

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