Gov. Walker Meets With Tribal Leaders, Discusses Mine In NW Wisconsin

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 9:01 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker met with tribal leaders on Wednesday, and talked about a proposed mine in far northwestern Wisconsin.

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s tribal council traveled to Madison Wednesday to voice their concerns about Gogebic Taconite’s plans to mine iron ore in Iron and Ashland counties.

The tribe fears the mine would pollute the air and water, and ruin the grounds they use for their traditional wild rice harvest.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the governor met with the council as he promised, listened to their thoughts, and talked about the process going forward.

Werwie declined to elaborate, saying discussions will continue at the governor’s regular quarterly meeting with all Wisconsin tribes next month.

Bad River council chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. told the Associated Press that a number of other Wisconsin tribes joined the Bad River at the meeting. They impressed upon the governor how serious the mine’s effects could be, but Walker made no commitments.

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