Lac Courte Oreilles Band to expand mining protest camp


Members of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe Indians will expand a camp being used to protest a huge mine development in northern Wisconsin:

Tribal Elder Melvin Gasper is organizing the five acre site so they can hunt, fish and gather food as well as educate the public. Now, he wants the five acres to become 35 acres, adding room to harvest maple syrup. “We’re going to have two different maple sugar processes going on,” says Gasper. “We’re going to show people how — in just one little area — what it’ll produce and how we could use this one little area to make more money than GTAC’s planning on paying.” Gasper says this is their way of occupying an area where an open pit iron ore mine is proposed by Gogebic Taconite. He plans to keep it occupied until 2018.

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