6/30 Clash over autopsies results in new medical examiner and a change in Minnesota law

Jun 30, 2015

Credit St.Louis County

Families holding ceremonies in the bitter cold outside UMD late last winter were making headlines after car accidents just days apart took the lives of two Native people - and controversy erupted between the medical examiner's insistence on autopsies and the victim's families, who protested autopsies were in violation of their religious beliefs.  

Now St. Louis County has a new Chief Medical Examiner, and there's been a significant change in state law.

Tadd Johnson is an attorney for the band and the director of UMD’s Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program.  He joined us with the details.