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(Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyo.) – Northern Arapaho leaders today reportedly invited Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, the state’s congressional delegation, and others to a May 6 symposium in Riverton to learn how a Michigan community came together and settled a reservation boundary dispute like the one in Wyoming.

It is unknown at this time whether Mead plan to attend.

In 2010, the State of Michigan, the city of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe resolved federal litigation over the boundary of the Isabella Reservation in south central Michigan by entering a formal settlement agreement, a news release from the Northern Arapaho Business Council states.

The agreement addressed complex jurisdictional, land, and tax issues; paved the way for greater coordination and communication between the Native and non- Native communities; and smoothed the manner in which the tribe, state, city, and county operate on a day-to-day basis, according to U.S. Department of Justice statement released after the agreement was signed.

“The May 6 symposium, at Central Wyoming College, will feature officials from Mt. Pleasant, the State of Michigan, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe,” the NABC states. “The participants will explain how the tribal and non-Indian communities overcame decades of tension and conflict to settle their reservation boundary dispute, and how the parties view those agreements today.”

“We hope this symposium can provide a safe place to sit down together and learn from the Michigan experience,” said Anthony “Al” Addison, Arapaho Business Council Member. “We also hope it will spark discussion and creative thinking, and will ultimately lead to a negotiated resolution of our own boundary dispute.”

The theme for the one-day symposium, is “Mending Fences: How one Michigan town settled its reservation boundary battle out of the courts.”

The public is welcome to attend. However, space is limited. For more information about the symposium visit northernarapaho.com.