Tribe appeals rejection of its challenge to mining permit

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KESHENA, Wis. (AP) -- A native tribe is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of its challenge to a state permit for a zinc and gold mine planned for Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin contends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrongly allowed Michigan to handle permitting for Aquila Resources' Back Forty project. The mine would be located near the Menominee River and the Wisconsin line.

Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality issued the final required permit in June.

U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in December rejected the tribe's lawsuit. The tribe said Thursday it's asking the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the ruling.

The tribe contends the project would harm the river and destroy burial grounds and cultural sites.

Aquila says it will protect the environment while creating jobs.