Leech Lake Band, Chippewa National Forest to enter agreement

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Chippewa National Forest recently entered into a memorandum of understanding.

Leech Lake News reports the agreement was signed last week, and the document “acknowledges the unique history of the Chippewa National Forest, which was originally set aside and preserved for the use and benefit of the Ojibwe people and the general public.”

The understanding establishes a shared decision-making model, as allowed by federal law.

The Band’s goal is to obtain shared-decision making in forest management, which is currently not allowed by federal law, and to obtain a portion of timber sales from the forest.

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