Legal challenges expected if Wisconsin mining bill passes

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Mike Wiggins, Jr., chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, anticipates that environmental groups and citizens groups will first sue regarding "violations of the Wisconsin Constitution and the public trust doctrine."

But he says his tribe, whose reservation occupies the northern portions of Ashland County, downstream of the proposed site of the Gogebic Taconite mine, will also "look at the legal realm and do whatever is necessary to protect ourselves too."

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