The Lac du Flambeau Tribe and Vilas County announced an agreement aimed at strengthening the prosecution of crimes committed on the reservation.
That agreement will fund an administrative position in the Vilas County district attorney’s office. At yesterday’s announcement Tribal president Tom Maulson presented D.A. Al Moustakis with a $25,000 check.
The district attorney’s office had created an administrative secretary position last fall to help address a backlog of cases. This joint effort will allow that position to remain. The agreement will be for 3 years with costs split between the tribe and Vilas County.
Wisconsin is one of six states in the US that was mandated in 1953 to transfer criminal and civil cases on tribal lands from the Federal Government to the state. The Lac du Flambeau currently operate a court system to hear civil cases.
According to their news release, developing a fully operational judiciary is a primary goal of the Tribe.