Tentative deal struck in lawsuit by Mich. tribe

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- An American Indian tribe has agreed with state and local officials to settle a lawsuit over the enforcement of some laws in parts of mid-Michigan's Isabella County.

A filing last Thursday in federal court in Bay City says the deal is tentative with more time needed to finish the settlement, probably by next month. The county was the last party to sign on. No details have been disclosed.

In 2005, the Saginaw Chippewa tribe sued Michigan seeking to stop enforcement of certain laws against members in all or parts of seven Isabella County townships. The tribe says the land was part of its original reservation. It also says it's protected by treaties from the 1800s.

Early in the litigation, state attorneys said the tribe waited too long.

Published: Mon, Sep 20, 2010