Officials Reach Agreement on Autopsy for 2nd Ojibwe Woman
CLOQUET (AP) - Tribal and county government officials have agreed on how to handle an autopsy on an Ojibwe woman whose family objects on religious grounds.
Twenty-four-year-old Autumn Martineau, of the Fond du lac Band, was killed Tuesday when the car in which she was a passenger was broadsided by an SUV in Carlton. St. Louis County Chief Medica' Examiner Thomas Uncini planned an autopsy until Martineau's family got a court order to block it.
It was the second time this week that an Ojibwe family had gone to court to prevent Uncini from conducting an autopsy.
Fond du Lac Chairwoman Karen Diver says they reached an agreement Wednesday when the medical examiner agreed to avoid invasive procedures and release Martineau's body as soon as possible, but says the larger cultural dispute continues.