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Annual State of the Tribes delivered Tuesday to Wisconsin lawmakers


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin lawmakers could get a real lecture Tuesday, when a Chippewa Indian leader delivers the annual State of the Tribes address to both houses.

Lac Courte Oreilles tribal chairman Gordon Thayer will deliver the speech, at a time when relations are getting testy between the state and its 11 tribes.

The Bad River Indians are looking for donations to help them sue the state -- after new incentives were approved to help a new iron ore mine get built upstream from the tribe’s reservation near Ashland.

Indians were also upset that Wisconsin adopted a wolf hunt last year, as they said the grey wolf was a sacred animal. In response, Indians killed an elk and tried to begin a night-time deer hunt in their ceded territory.

Also, the DNR was rankled when six Chippewa tribes dramatically increased their spear fishing quotas. As a result, the state said it had to at least temporarily reduce daily walleye quotas for sport anglers.