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State of the Tribes Address

State of the Tribes Address

On Tuesday, Chairman McGeshick, Vice Chairman Arlyn Ackley, Jr., and Veterans Dean VanZile, Carl VanZile, Art VanZile and Rick VanZile attended the State of Tribes Address at the Capitol in Madison.


Former Chairman Gary Besaw of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin gave the speech, addressing state legislators on issues including Tribal consultations, the Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations, Act 31, and on the need for stricter actions for deer found to have CWD.

Chairman Besaw also spoke on mining, including the Back Forty Project, a proposed open pit metallic sulfide mine located on the banks of the Menominee River in Lake Township, Michigan.

“Either now by accident, or later because that’s what happens eventually in everyone of these types of mines today, it will put toxic, sulfuric acid into the ground water that will pollute the Menominee River, Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Wisconsin’s homes and businesses and tourism along the river and lakeshore will be harmed.”

“We should see ourselves as strands in this beautiful environment, not above it. Here for fleeting minute, and join in, not put it at risk. As Tribal Leaders, we have inherited a different, non-negotiable responsibility to our great grandchildren.”

Click here to view the entire State of the Tribes Address.