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State of the Tribes: no fracking, iron mining

Michael P. King
Green Bay Press Gazette/AP

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A representative of Wisconsin's Native American tribes says the state's tribes will not support iron mining projects.

Chris McGeshick, chairman of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community, addressed state lawmakers Thursday. He said he would not support a Penokee Hills mining project or any frack sand mining initiatives in the state. Tribal representatives and Senate Democrats loudly applauded McGeshick's statement.

He delivered his speech amid an ongoing Assembly debate about a right-to-work bill. Audible from outside the building was an ongoing rally protesting right-to-work legislation as well as a booming band in the Capitol rotunda playing "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

McGeshick also called for lawmakers to improve health care access on Indian reservations and for more continuity in communication between indigenous and American communities.