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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 $150,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2017–June 30, 2019
  • 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 to 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, and developed the expertise of tribal staff to inform policy discussions, permitting processes, and environmental reviews. The grantee will continue these efforts, along with a new water internship, to improve tribes’ ability to participate in decisionmaking related to protecting the health of the Great Lakes.