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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 $65,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2010–December 31, 2012
  • 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 their land across the Great Lakes. The commission also assists members in protecting and enhancing their treaty-guaranteed rights to hunt, fish, and gather on tribal land transferred to U.S. federal control. Interest in the mining of sulfide-based ores has increased in the last few years, raising concerns about possible water quality impacts on the associated ecosystems and natural resources. With Mott support, the commission will prepare a report examining how tribes can fully participate in the processes for permitting and monitoring sulfide mining operations on land where tribes have hunting and fishing rights.