Friday, January 13, 2012

Native American groups express opposition to proposed Wisconsin mining bill at Hurley hearing

HURLEY, WIS. -- The Wisconsin Assembly Jobs Committee public hearing on the mining bill, Assembly Bill 426, that was held Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at the Hurley Inn in Hurley, Wis., attracted a very large crowd, including representatives of several Native American groups.

According to an Associated Press article, "Members of the Bad River, Red Cliff and other tribes attended the hearing, which drew an overflow crowd of about 600 people, The (Ashland) Daily Press reported. Many of the tribal members carried signs opposing mining."*

Indian Country TV has posted several videos of the hearing. See: http://livestre.am/1e8Tx

Many of the comments concerned the proposed Gogebic Taconite open-pit mine in the Penokee Hills, since the proposed new mining law is intended to kick-start this mine.

*Click here for the Associated Press article.
Click here for the Ashland Daily Press article.

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