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Lac Courte Oreilles Band relocates harvest camp after eviction

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe Indians is relocating a harvest camp that has been serving as a protest against a controversial mining project in Wisconsin.

Tribal members set up the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Education Learning Project Camp last year to educate the public about traditional activities, treaty rights and the dangers of the Gogebic Taconite mine. But the Iron County Board voted to evict the camp so it's being moved to a new site on private land across the road.

The original camp sits on public land and will continue to be used. However, tribal members can only stay there 14 days at a time due to county rules.

"So, when that fourteenth day comes, we can just go across the street. We're off public property, we're on private property and pretty much, that's where our lodging is going to stay most of the time." HELP Camp Administrator Larry Ackley told Northland's News Center.

The tribe continues to maintain that it has treaty rights on the public land.

Get the Story:
LCO Harvest Camp packs up, moves to new site (Northland's News Center 3/25)
LCO Harvest Camp Says It Will Comply With County Rules, But Won't Pack Up (WXPR 3/25)
LCO Camp Will Move Parts Of Project, Rotate Campers To Avoid Eviction (WPR 3/24)

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