8th Circuit rules against Indian inmate in religious rights case

An Indian inmate who wanted to participate in a culturally-sensitive chemical dependency program lost a ruling before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals today.
Wesley Eugene Brooks is a member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. He objected to being placed in a 12-step program that he said forced him to “profess beliefs that are inconsistent with his faith,” the decision stated.

City leaders to work closely with Shakopee Tribe on road project

Top leaders in Prior Lake, Minnesota, will negotiate directly with their counterparts in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community on a road project that’s proven controversial among non-Indians.
The city plans to extend a road to another road that leads directly to the reservation. The tribe owns a 95-acre property that will be impacted by the project.

Work with Shakopee Tribe on land-into-trust agreement

Mayor Ken Hedberg of Prior Lake, Minnesota, discloses ongoing negotiations for a land use agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
    Shortly after I was elected mayor, the city manager and I began a regular series of informal meetings with the tribal chairman and tribal administrator. We meet every eight weeks or so, discussing topics of mutual interest.