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E-M:/ Grand Traverse Band takes steps to prevent pollution



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Enviro-Mich message from Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org>
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Just a note from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa 
Indians on recent accomplishments to address pollution sources there 
- Congratulations on making strides to reduce exposure to dioxin and 
mercury.  Maybe other municipalities, counties, etc can follow their 
lead.  (Back yard trash burning is a significant source of dioxins to 
the environment.)

>The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians recently passed an
>amendment to the Tribe's littering law to ban the burning of trash on all
>tribal lands.  These lands include parcels in the five county area of
>Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Antrim and Charlevoix Counties.  There
>will be continued educational outreach to raise the awareness of the Tribal
>members and promote enforcement.
>
>The Grand Traverse Band also adopted a resolution the the Tribal Counci,
>the Family Health Clinic and the Natural Resources Department supports,
>endorses and commends all efforts consistent with institutional goals and
>financial consideration to eliminate mercury use at the Clinic.  The Family
>Health Clinic has been mercury free for a couple years now.
>
>Patty O'Donnell
>Director of Environmental Stewardship



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