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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, 2015–April 30, 2017
  • Location Odanah, WI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, Wisconsin

About this grant

Representing the interests of 11 Ojibwa 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 grantee conducted research, engaged technical experts to analyze specific water quality threats, and gathered water quality data across the region to inform policy discussions, permitting processes, and environmental reviews. This grant renewal will allow the commission to continue these efforts that improve the ability of the tribes to inform and participate in decisionmaking processes related to protecting the health of the Great Lakes.