Start by understanding that a federally enrolled Indian tribe is entitled to apply to the EPA to be considered as a state for certain purposes under the Clean Water Act.
A lawsuit is challenging a 1941 law that requires a unanimous decision by the governor, the chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and the attorney general.
If enough Minnesotans speak up, perhaps we’ll return to the days of leadership on the environment exemplified by our regulatory leaders in the Reserve case.
The POST Board could be, and ought to be, in my view, the primary discipline agency for law enforcement officers in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has a chance to promote environmental justice in the question of copper sulfide mining in Minnesota; let’s hope the court rises to the occasion.
They ought to be able to exercise their rights without hazing, intimidation, and retaliation from elected officials. We’ve had enough of that.
These cases are not mere squabbling about agency decisions; they are about the basic honesty of the agencies and their fidelity to the public interest.
It is just as important to protect the waters of the St. Louis River watershed as it is the Rainy River Basin. There is de facto racism in placing the romantic attachment of outdoor enthusiasts to the BWCA over the interests of the Ojibwe.
The governor said of Minnesota and the PolyMet project, “I think we can do things right.” The record to date is not encouraging.
There was a substantial campaign finance bill passed by the legislature last session, and its consequences are beginning to be felt.
PolyMet’s proposed mine in northeast Minnesota would generate water pollution for up to 500 years.