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Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Tribal leaders say they back Bad River Band, oppose mining bill

A group of leaders from tribes throughout Wisconsin voiced their support for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s opposition to the mining bill during a Capitol press conference this afternoon.

Mike Wiggins, Jr., chairman of the Bad River Band, said he didn’t believe the event would change anyone’s vote in the Assembly today, but that his intent was, instead, to encourage all Wisconsinites to consider the long-term effects of the measure.

“AB/SB 1 sits as a piece of legislation that was essentially drafted to facilitate … environmental harm,” Wiggins said.

He added that each of the tribes represented today, like the Bad River Band, are “inextricably linked” to the waters and lands of the state.

Joseph Miller of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community asked why lawmakers would “present something that is so divisive to this state?”

“We know the majority of the state of Wisconsin stands with us against this mine,” Miller said.


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