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Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota

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Farmer Roger Shea of Enderlin says in his response to a civil complaint that the court does not have jurisdiction over all the parties involved in land condemnation for a dam project. He no longer owns an interest in the property, he told the court. The Cass County Joint Water Resource Board wants to condemn a 1.4 acre parcel on Shea's property to make way for a dam on the Maple River. It argues the project is needed to control flooding on the Maple and Sheyenne rivers. Shea sold the parcel to the band last August for $1 and a stack of beadwork, hoping to kill the project. The tribe contends the land is an American Indian burial ground. The Army Corps of Engineers will not issue a permit for the dam until archaeologists can get on the disputed land and survey for historical artifacts.