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I am actually at this state hearing about the mining bill. Many of these speakers I heard their testimony first hand as I was at the state Capitol for 8 hours and 5 hours in the hearing room itself. -Wenona Morning Star Gardner

Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative

January 25, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 a joint hearing of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly mining committees was held in Madison as the one and only opportunity for the public to weigh in on a controversial mining bill being rushed through the legislature. The hearing was announced just four days prior, causing hundreds of people from the northern part of the state where a catastrophic open pit iron mine is being proposed to scramble to make arrangements to make the 5 to 6 hour trip downstate.

Members of the Bad River, Red Cliff, La Courte Oreilles and Lac du Flambeau bands of Lake Superior Chippewa as well as Ho Chunk and Menominee tribal members made the journey. What follows is exerpts from their testimonies.

“I’ve come here today to speak a little bit about our culture. I’ve been hearing two sides to this story…

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