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Cooperative Agreements

Title: Cass County/Leech Lake Wellness Court
Parties: Leech Lake Tribal Court and Cass County Court, MN
Date enacted/published: 2007


A packet of information regarding the Wellness Court  jointly operated by Cass County Court and Leech Lake Tribal Court, including the joint powers agreement, press release, description of the operation of the cooperative drug court, goals and objectives, and contact information.The Leech Lake Band and Cass County, Minnesota have a cooperative, jurisdictional sharing agreement for drug court. The goals are to reduce costs, reduce criminal behavior and recidivism, enhance public safety, and enhance the well-being of participants.

For additional information contact:
Honorable Korey Wahwassuck
Leech Lake Tribal Court
16126 John Moose Drive
Cass Lake, MN 56633
(218) 335-3682
Honorable John P. Smith
Cass County Courthouse
300 Minnesota Avenue
P.O. Box 3000
Walker, MN 56484
Title: Engendering Tribal Court/State Court Cooperation, Bench and Bar of MN
Parties: Minnesota tribal courts, Minnesota courts
Date enacted/published: December 2006


Article in the Bench and Bar of Minnesota by Judge Robert Blaeser and Andrea Martin that explores how Minnesota state courts and tribal courts have sought to resolve jurisdictional disputes. It describes an alternative approach inspired by the Wisconsin Supreme Court that is known as the Teague Protocol and the court rule proposed by the Tribal Court/State Court Forum to recognize tribal court judgments.   The court rule proposed by the Tribal/State Court Forum in Minnesota was not adopted by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

For additional information contact:
Judge Robert A. Blaeser
Hennepin County Court House
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0999
(612) 348-4964