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Michigan setup on jurisdiction not same as Riverton's situation
Jun 12, 2014 - Grant Murphy, Riverton
I have nothing against the people from Michigan who came to Riverton to talk about how they were working out their issues on tribal and city boundaries where they came from. But they are not in the same situation as Riverton and the Wind River reservation.
There was an Act of Congress back in 1905 that separated the land where Riverton was going to be from the reservation. It is part of federal law. From what I could tell from the Michigan people, there was no act of Congress there.
If people want to get together and sing "Kumbaya" and promise to cooperate, go right ahead. But at the base of all of it is the Act of Congress that set up Riverton separate from the reservation. That is what the courts will decide again eventually.