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Bad River Indians vow to take "every avenue of resistance" to iron ore mine


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The head of the Bad River Indian tribe says he’ll use quote, “every avenue of resistance” to try-and-stop the proposed iron ore mine from being built upstream from his reservation.

Mike Wiggins told reporters at the State Capitol Thursday that his tribe will be ready to use lawsuits, its federal water quality powers – and even what he called grassroots resistance to stop Gogebic Taconite.

The firm is expected to get final legislative approval Thursday afternoon for new state regulations making it easier to build the proposed mine in the Penokee range of Ashland and Iron counties.

Majority Republicans in the Assembly rejected almost 20 amendments, and in their final debate on the package.

During the debate a man in the gallery was removed for interrupting the proceeding. He yelled an expletive when he said there are quote, “too many talkers and criminals in the world.”

When two Capitol Police officers took him away, the man yelled “I’m not a criminal.” Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer replied, “You are now.”