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Federal court decides Bayfield County can’t enforce zoning rules on Red Cliff Reservation

BAYFIELD, WI - A federal court found Bayfield County is not allowed to enforce zoning rules within the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation on Thursday.

The Band filed suit against the county in 2018, challenging the county's authority over the reservation.

The Band says the federal court decision means Bayfield County is now prohibited from enforcing its zoning ordinances against the Band or its members within the Red Cliff Reservation.

A district judge ordered a clerk to enter a summary judgement in favor of the Band on Thursday.

Ramona Marozas

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