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State lawmakers hear about tribal concernsSubmitted: 03/06/2015
MADISON - A representative of Wisconsin's Native American tribes told state lawmakers about the challenges facing tribal communities.

Chris McGeshick, chairman of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community delivered the annual State of the Tribes address Thursday.


He said state leadership needs to be aware of the difficulties tribal members endure.

Said McGeshick, "You should know that the constituents reside in the poorest counties in Wisconsin. We have the highest rate of unemployment, and fewer job opportunities than the overall population of the state of Wisconsin. They suffer from a lower life expectancy than the overall population of the state of Wisconsin, due to barriers with healthcare."

McGeshick also talked about mining in Wisconsin.

He said the tribes would not support the Penokee Hills mine project or any frack sand mining initiatives in the state.

He also called for more continuity in communication between indigenous and American communities.


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