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Ho-Chunk Nation opposes rail line through traditional territory






Arvina Martin, chief communications officer for the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature. Photo from Facebook

The Ho-Chunk Nation is opposing a railroad expansion project in Wisconsin.

The tribe says the proposed BNSF Railway line poses a threat to sacred sites and raises health and safety concerns. The four-mile route passes through Ho-Chunk territory.

"This process does require a lot of consultation and we do need to have that happen, you can't get around it. The Ho-Chunk Nation has to be consulted," Arvina Martin, chief communications officer for the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature, told WKBT.

BNSF said it respects tribal sovereignty and will reach out to the tribe.

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