Thank you to the LRBOI for finally stepping in to help stop the Great Lakes diversion loopholes by the bottling companies and to hopefully help protect the "Public Trust" ground waters of the state and native Americans. Tom Hamilton
Patricia Birkholz, chairwoman of the Senate's Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee and a sponsor of the Senate bills, said the tribe was raising 11th-hour objections after keeping a low profile during months of discussions by legislative panels seeking a compromise on the water withdrawal issue.
Reducing stream flow enough to affect fish "isn't just an attack on the resources; it's an attack on our culture," said Jimmie Mitchell, natural resources director for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.
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