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McCollum wants investigation into arrest of 11-year-old 5-24-07

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Betty McCollum called on the Justice Department to investigate the arrest of an 11-year-old boy from Minnesota's Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for missing a court date to testify as the victim of an assault.

“The disturbing conduct of Mille Lacs County with regard to this child's basic human and civil rights merits a complete investigation by your office,” McCollum, D-Minn., wrote in a letter this week to Wan J. Kim, assistant attorney general for the department's civil rights division.

Tribal leaders have called for the resignation of the Mille Lacs County attorney, Jan Kolb. She has said she was just carrying out policy, and that band members have a long history of ignoring subpoenas. Kolb declined to comment on the letter.

The Justice Department did not immediately return a telephone message left Thursday.
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