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Mille Lacs Indian Reservation road sign
Mille Lacs County Attorney Joseph Walsh and Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge sought indemnification from the state under the Minnesota state tort claims act regarding a federal lawsuit brought by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The band had asserted in the suit that Walsh and Lorge interfered with and refused to recognize the band’s law-enforcement jurisdiction. (AP file photo: Minnesota Public Radio)

State, county authority separate

Sheriff and county attorney turned back in jurisdiction squabble

A sheriff and county attorney cannot indemnify themselves by claiming law enforcement authority granted by the state, according to a recent decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

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