UPDATE: Tribal chief calls for nonviolent mine opposition

UPDATED Friday, July 12, 2013 --- 1:57p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The head of an American Indian tribe is urging nonviolent opposition to the possible opening of an iron ore mine near their reservation in northern Wisconsin.

Mike Wiggins Jr., chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, says the tribe condemns "any planned or improvised act of violence or vandalism" against the mining company.

Wiggins' written statement issued Friday comes at the end of a tense week that saw mining company Gogebic Taconite hire paramilitary style guards armed with high-powered rifles at the site in the Penokee Hills. The guards were removed on Wednesday because they did not have the required state license.

Wiggins says the tribe's opposition to the mine remains strong, but it will only condone nonviolent civil resistance as necessary.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 1:16 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A company looking to dig a huge iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin is having problems with protesters.

Gogebic Taconite wants to open the mine in the Penokee Hills just south of Lake Superior. Opponents maintain the mine will pollute the Bad River and Lake Superior.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports company employees reported a disturbance involving about 15 protesters at the site as they began exploratory drilling.

Iron County Sheriff Tony Furyk told WPR a woman allegedly stole a cell phone and camera from a geologist and there were reports of vandalized property and barricades blocking access to the site.

WPR reports the situation ended peacefully with no arrests.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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