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Lawmaker: May rethink Lac du Flambeau grant


MADISON (WKOW) – A Wisconsin lawmaker says he may reconsider a $250,000 state grant for a Lac du Flambeau cultural center after the tribe and other Chippewa bands raised their planned walleye intake.

Last week, tribal leaders said they raised their spearing declaration to feed their communities, but they were also irritated by the state's resumption of a wolf hunt and the relaxation of some mining standards.

Rep. Dean Kaufert, a Republican from Neenah, accused the bands of retaliating for policy decisions by state outdoors officials and said their actions would hurt tourism.

Tom Maulson, president of the Lac Du Flambeau Tribe, says Kaufert is overreacting.  He disputes that the tribes are retaliating by raising their planned walleye take, saying they have "always shared the resources out there."

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