August 18, 2013
Tribe Banishes 58 Non-Members
On Wednesday, August 15, 2013, the Lac du Flambeau Police Department began serving banishment notices from the LdF Tribal Government to 58 Non-Tribal Members known to be involved with, and/or associated with, criminal activities, drug, gang or other illegal activities.  
 
"The Tribe is trying to curb crime on the Reservation.  The Tribe is tired of providing services to Non-Members who are putting a burden on the Tribe," said Police Chief Robert Brandenburg.

Individuals receiving the banishment notices are banned from the exterior boundaries of the LdF Reservation for a period of five years.  The notice states, "During this period you are not welcome or allowed within the exterior boundaries of the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation."  The notice also includes, "If you are currently living within the boundaries of the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation, you are required to leave within 48 hours of this notice.  Failure to comply with this notice and the act of being harbored by another resident living within the exterior boundaries of the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation will result in civil and possibly criminal proceedings to yourself and those harboring you."

In April, the Tribal Government declared a State of Emergency.  Since that time, Tribal and law enforcement officials have taken an aggressive stance on substance abuse.  "Our Tribal Government takes the issue of drugs and illegal activity in our community very seriously.  We made some very hard decisions, and the action we took was not easy.  The leadership has a duty to protect our children and to provide a safe environment for everyone.  This is just another example of the action we will take in our war against drugs and criminal behavior," said Tribal President Tom Maulson.

Click here to view the Council Resolution and Banishment List.
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