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Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes won't have member on state mining board

ASHLAND, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes have given up their chance to have a say over how communities should be reimbursed for its expenses in the proposed Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine.

Mike Allen of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council tells Wisconsin Public Radio that it voted against having a member on the state's Mining Investment and Local Impact Fund Board.

The 7 member panel includes people from the area of the proposed mine.

Allen says the council is putting its faith in the federal EPA, which is being asked to rule on the mine's possible damages to tribal and state lands.

The Bad River Indians fear that the mine will hurt their efforts to protect air and water in their area -- plus the ability to hunt, fish, and gather wild rice.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)