1854 Authority retracts letter over taconite mining

The 1854 Authority has reversed course on a letter opposing Minntac's planned expansion.
In a later to the Minnesota DNR, Darren Vogt, Resource Management Division Director, said, "On February 10, 2020, the 1854 Treaty Authority submitted a comment letter in which it recommended that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources deny approval U.S. Steel's request to amend its Minntac Permit to Mine. Specifically, U.S. Steel is requesting authorization to expand its current Minntac mining operations to include 45 additional acres north of Kinney, Minnesota.
"After further discussion and consideration, the 1854 Treaty Authority has decided to formally retract its February 10, 2020 comment letter. The Authority will continue to monitor developments related to the Minntac Permit and will participate in permit-related proceedings as it deems appropriate."
The 1854 Treaty Authority is an inter-tribal agency governed by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
In a Feb. 10 letter to the Minnesota DNR, the 1854 Treaty Authority recommended the DNR “deny approval of the application” from Minntac.
That stand was reversed on March 9.