‘Cultural Healing’ and the Search for Justice in Tribal Lands

The Crime Report

By Eric Killelea

Soon after Michelle Anderson was appointed Sixth District Judicial Judge in Minnesota’s Iron Range region, where she operates a hybrid court that offers alternatives to jail for individuals with substance abuse problems, she found herself presiding over the case of Jason Drift. A 44-year-old enrolled member of the Bois Forte band of Chippewa, Drift was pleading for a stay of adjudication to one felony count of fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine. But there was something special about his plea to the court.

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