United States Commission on Civil Rights

Confidential Draft Report
“Enforcement of the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968”

May 1990

Indian Civil Rights, page 36
members who are professional attorneys ... " [75] and that "defendants must be represented by lay counsel." [76]

     Red Lake Tribe Seizes Federal Records
     In January 1986, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune published a series on the problems in tribal courts entitled, "Indian Courts[:] Islands of Injustice". [77]  The Red Lake Court was among the tribal courts examined.  In an attempt to gain access to Red Lake Tribal Court records, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune filed a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequently brought suit against the Department of the Interior to obtain the records requested. [78]  The tribe, however, seized the records and refused to turn them over to either the newspaper or the federal government.  According to an account by the Minneapolis Star and Tribune:

[O]n the evening of Aug. 29, 1985, one day before the government was required to act on [newspaper reporter] Schmickle's request, Red Lake's tribal

     [75] Testimony of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, as Exhibit 18, Washington, D.C. Hearing, supra note 4, at 330.

     [76] Id.

     [77] Schmickle & Buoen, Indian Courts [:] Islands of Injustice, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Jan. 5, 1986, at 1A; Jan. 6, 1986, at 1A, and Jan. 7, 1986, at 1A.

     [78] Oberdorfer, Paper Gets OK to See Court Files, but Red Lake Officials Withhold Them, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Jan. 7, 1986, at 9A, reprinted in Washington, D.C. Hearing, supra note 4, at 195-196; Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company v. United States Dep't of Interior, Civ. No. 4-85-1255 (D. Minn. Apr. 30, 1986)

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