Tribes get federal cash for environmental research

Minnesota Native Americans tribes will reap nearly $600,000 from the federal government for 2008 conservation projects. The projects are all hot buttons: cormorants eating Leech Lake sport fish, Red Lake wolf monitoring and viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) at Grand Portage.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will get $200,000 to examine the big birds at Pelican Island; the wolf grant is for $196,015 and the VHS grant is nearly $200,000. VHS is an infectious disease that has caused massive fish die-offs in the Great Lakes.

In all, the U.S. Department of Interior will send $6 million to tribes nationwide for such research.

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