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Reader's view: Tribes' environmental concerns end at casinos

Environmental concerns from some people with the Fond du Lac Band regarding PolyMet's mining project trouble me. Why does it seem some people are trying to stall this project that is needed by northern Minnesota people? We all want clean water an...

Environmental concerns from some people with the Fond du Lac Band regarding PolyMet's mining project trouble me. Why does it seem some people are trying to stall this project that is needed by northern Minnesota people? We all want clean water and must trust science to tell us if this mine can be done safely.

The band fought a golf course at Spirit Mountain and a few years later built a beautiful casino and golf course in Carlton. On wetlands. And I do not remember them having to pass an environmental review to do so.

The same thing seems to be happening in Wisconsin. Some tribal members there are fighting a new iron mine in an area where high-paying jobs are badly needed while building a beautiful casino right on Lake Superior. Many casino jobs pay probably $20,000 to $30,000 a year while mining jobs promise around $65,000 a year with benefits.

Don't get me wrong; I am not against casinos. Like mining projects, they have provided a lot of jobs for everyone in the area.

Al DeJuliannie

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