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Bad River tribe raising money for mining lawsuits


ASHLAND, WI (WSAU) -  Fundraising is underway now to pay for mining lawsuits. 

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced they will start seeking money to fight what they called polarizing mining changes by Republicans.

The tribe is afraid contaminated water and waste rock from the proposed iron ore mine would destroy their wild rice beds and affect their drinking water. They hope to have their fundraising organized by the end of the week. Tribal leaders have vowed to oppose any new mine.

Governor Scott Walker signed the mining law Monday that removes red tape from mining applications, and streamlines the permitting process for Gogebic Taconite and potentially other mining companies. Gogebic Taconite wants to open a mine not far from Mellen, south and upstream from the Bad River reservation.