Legal action possible against mine protest groupSubmitted: 07/24/2013
Story By Associated Press/WJFW News Team

HURLEY - An Iron County Board committee recommends legal action against a mining protest group.

They've set up camp on county forest land.

The camp organized by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe has occupied a site near the proposed mine since mid-May.

It has become a meeting place for those opposed to Gogebic Taconite's mining plans.

County forestry administrator Joe Vairus says the encampment has grown to 20 to 25 wigwams and has become a squatters village.

Vairus says the camp is violating county ordinances by occupying without a permit.

Iron County District Attorney Martty Lipske says other issues complicate the matter, including the tribe's treaty rights.

Those rights allow special privileges for land use.

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