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Great Lakes Sulfide Ore Mining Project

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2013–December 31, 2014
  • Location Odanah, WI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, Wisconsin

About this grant

Representing the interests of 11 Ojibwe tribes, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission is a nonprofit organization that helps its members manage natural resources on tribal lands and in areas where members have treaty-guaranteed rights to hunt, fish, and gather. The mining of sulfide-based ores (sulfide mining) poses significant water quality threats to tribally important areas around Lake Superior. With prior Mott support, the commission prepared a report examining how tribes can engage in permitting and monitoring sulfide mining operations. This grant renewal will allow the grantee to implement report recommendations, which include conducting research, engaging with technical experts, and developing water quality data across the region to inform policy discussions, permitting processes, and environmental reviews.