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UPDATE: WI Chippewa leader addresses relaxed mining regulations


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Chippewa leader is calling on state officials to stop spreading what he calls "propaganda" about spear-fishing and imploring lawmakers not to trade the state's natural resources for temporary jobs at a giant iron mine near Lake Superior.

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Chairman Gordon Thayer delivered the annual State of the Tribes address Tuesday. He complaining about Department of Natural Resources press releases about tribal spear-fishing, saying the agency's propaganda could re-ignite anger toward tribal anglers.

He also complained about a Republican-authored law that relaxes mining regulations. The law is designed to help Gogebic Taconite open a huge open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills near the Bad River Chippewa's reservation.

Thayer says the state can't cash in its natural resources for corporate profit.


MADISON (WKOW) – A Chippewa tribal leader will deliver an intense speech to the Wisconsin Legislature on Tuesday to address relaxed mining regulations.

Relations between Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes and state officials have deteriorated dramatically in recent months.  The tribes are upset with a Republican law that relaxes mining regulations to help Gogebic Taconite open a giant iron mine just south of the Bad River tribe's reservation and over the state's wolf hunt.

The tribes have tried to implement a night deer hunt, killed an elk and dramatically increased their spear-fishing goals on northern Wisconsin lakes, against state wildlife officials wishes.

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