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A pack of Marlboro cigarettes has a state stamp and sells for $8.20 at the Che We Express. Seneca brand cigarettes are stamped with a tribal stamp and sell for $3.50 at the store. BEMIDJI PIONEER/Monte Draper

Confiscating contraband or violating sovereignty? State, Leech Lake Band in dispute over cigarettes

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CASS LAKE, Minn. -- When the state of Minnesota confiscated a shipment of tribal tobacco en route to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation, the band viewed it as an attack on American Indian rights.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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