Protesters removed from White Earth Indian Reservationby Tom Robertson, Minnesota Public Radio
Bemidji, Minn. — Tribal officials on the White Earth Indian Reservation say they've removed a small group of protesters who had been camped outside the tribe's administrative headquarters.
According to a White Earth press release, tribal and county law enforcement officers removed the protesters Tuesday. Two protesters were arrested for what the release described as "unlawful conduct." A third was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
The protesters had been camped out at tribal headquarters for at least three days. Tensions ran high on Monday, when tribal officials say aggression from the protesters prompted a lock down of tribal headquarters. The facility was closed Tuesday.
The protesters are calling for the removal of Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor. They claim Vizenor violated the tribe's constitution. Vizenor has said the claims are without merit.