Talk:Mahnomen County, Minnesota

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Quote by MNAdam: "the state owns some of the land see http://www.dot.state.mn.us/statemap/pdf/north_west.pdf"[edit]

I don't think that the fact that the state (or anyone else) owns part of the the land precludes its being on the reservation; not accordiing to the Census Bureau [1], anyway. Backspace 22:35, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Can a State have forest land on Reservation Land? I thought it was sovereign territory, therefore the state couldn’t own any land? But I don’t know how all this stuff works... Does the White Earth Indian Reservation claim the entire county is in reservation Land? Or, does Mahnomen County claim that all land is in Reservation land? Also your link doesnt work. --MNAdam 05:15, 29 October 2006 (UTC)
I found a map from the Census website which does show the reservation occupying all the land [2]. Apparently the state can own land in the reservation. This may need some more research however to make sure. --MNAdam 05:50, 29 October 2006 (UTC)
I would liken this situation to that of the Federal Government owning Yosemite National Park. This does not mean that the park is no longer part of California. I believe that such things as National Parks and Indian Reservations are federal entities. Obviously, they must exist on land that is in one or more of the 50 states, D.C., or the territories. This ownership does not decrease that particular state's land area. Just my personal opinion, since I have no legal expertise on the matter. Backspace 06:32, 29 October 2006 (UTC)