Attorney: Donald R. Wharton
NARF prepared an analysis of the options the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Indians has for protecting the quantity and quality of the waters of its Reservation. The Tribe’s Reservation is located in the State of Wisconsin which uses a riparian system for allocation of the uses of the surface waters within the State. Of particular concern to the Tribe are recent amendments by the State to remove or significantly relax water related environmental protections contained in state laws. These amendments were intended to facilitate the development and operation of a proposed taconite (low grade iron) mine on the headwaters of the rivers that feed the Bad River Reservation. NARF is working with the Tribe to request that the United States support the Tribe in the protection of the Tribe’s treaty reserved water rights.