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Minnesota Indian reservation wins right to city services

Prior Lake officials were wrong to deny the right to vote in city elections to Indians who live on a reservation inside the city limits but don't pay taxes, a federal judge has ruled. He also ordered that police, fire, and emergency services be provided free to the reservation.

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Mayor Gary Johnson said the city would appeal the ruling, which creates an additional burden on the city's taxpayers. Mr. Johnson was elected last fall on a platform calling for cooperation between the city and the Sioux reservation.

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