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White Earth Man Indicted For Robbery, Violent Assault

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging CURTIS WAYNE BELLAND, 32, with robbery and assault on the White Earth Indian Reservation. BELLAND was arraigned today before Magistrate Judge Jon T. Huseby in U.S. District Court in Bemidji, Minnesota.

According to the allegations in the indictment, on December 15, 2019, on the White Earth Indian Reservation, BELLAND robbed and assaulted a victim with a hammer resulting in serious bodily injury.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the White Earth Police Department, the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, with assistance from the Becker County Attorney’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily A. Polachek is prosecuting the case.


Defendant Information:


White Earth, Minn.


  • Robbery, 1 count
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon, 1 count
  • Assault resulting in serious bodily injury, 1 count




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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600


The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 13, 2020

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime