Native American tribal elders from Bad River and Red Cliff held a drum ceremony this weekend calling upon the spirits to offer guidance in their fight against a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin.
Gogebic Taconite, the company that wants to build a massive open pit iron ore mine in the Penokee Range, has applied for a license to explore there. They also say they may file an “intent to mine” with the Department of Natural Resources in the next month or two.
Lac Courte Oreilles Chairman Gordon Thayer used Wisconsin's annual State of the Tribes Address today to blast decisions by the state to deregulate iron mining, telling lawmakers that Native Americans could not be “dismissed as a subgroup of people in Wisconsin.”
Governor Scott Walker's proposal to expand school vouchers to another nine districts around Wisconsin has a majority of Wisconsinites in favor, according to new poll results. Opinions are mixed on newly passed mining legislation.