Native American Leader Speaks out Against Change in Mine Permitting

The chairman of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa, Mike Wiggins, Jr. says he's not convinced an iron mine in Ashland County will create as many jobs as some suspect. But he says he knows it will destroy the environment on his tribe's reservation.

A bill to streamline the permit process for mines could come back before the state legislature as early as next week. A similar measure failed by one vote last year, but the Republicans have since taken over the majority of both the Assembly and Senate.

Supporters, like Gov. Scott Walker say an environmentally friendly mine can be built and it would bring in hundreds of new jobs.

Wiggins calls mining a boom and bust industry, but says the destruction it'll create to the headwaters in Northern Wisconsin will last a lifetime.


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