MADISON, Wis. - A northwestern Wisconsin Chippewa tribe has started raising money for a possible lawsuit challenging a giant iron mine near their reservation.
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has set up a link on the tribe's website that allows visitors to donate directly to the tribe. The site also lists an address for mailing checks. The link features a headline that reads "Help us prevent mining in the Bad River Watershed by donating today!"
Gogebic Taconite wants to dig an open-pit mine just south of the tribe's Ashland County reservation. Republican lawmakers passed a law earlier this month loosening the state's mining regulations to help the company.
Tribal members fear pollution from the mine will contaminate their water and wild rice sloughs.
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