The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is conducting an investigation into approximately 1,500 55-gallon barrels dumped in Lake Superior between 1959 and 1962. The barrels are from the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant and contain munitions parts and general production line debris. The investigation is funded by the Department of Defense under the Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program. This blog was created in May 2012 to provide project updates to the public.
“It is the mission of the Red Cliff Band to fully characterize the type and extent of Department of Defense (DoD) wastes, which have impacts on the economy, natural resources, and cultural uses within Chippewa Ceded Territory and to determine if further remedial work is required to preserve the rich natural resources of Lake Superior.
Further, the Red Cliff Band is committed to the restoration and protection of natural resources within the ceded territory, and is dedicated to working with federal agencies to clean up, restore, and protect the ecosystems of the ceded territory. The Red Cliff Band is also committed to ensuring that the US Government meet their Federal Trust Responsibilities associated with the lands and waters of the ceded territories. Their goal is to allow for the full use and enjoyment of the protected resources and ecological conditions supportive thereof, without restriction due to contamination.”