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White Earth land purchase for wildlife habitat rejected

ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota House committee voted against giving the White Earth Nation nearly $2.2 million to buy land for wildlife habitat. Wednesday's 13-8 vote in a House natural resources committee came on an amendment by state Rep. Steve Green,...

 

ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota House committee voted against giving the White Earth Nation nearly $2.2 million to buy land for wildlife habitat.

Wednesday's 13-8 vote in a House natural resources committee came on an amendment by state Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, who said he is a member of the White Earth Nation. He said that he did not want to take the property, now privately owned, off the tax rolls.

"As a tribal member, I can tell you that property taxes are killing us," Green said.

Forty percent of Clearwater County is government owned and taxable, he added.

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But White Earth official Lorena Vogt said the $2.2 million appropriation would be a good deal because the nation could get land for $1,000 an acre.

"There is a need for hunting properties and recreational properties, not only for tribal members but for members of the community," she said.

The overall bill funds a wide variety of outdoors projects at a nearly $101 million cost for the next two years. After a 12-9 vote on the bill, it moves to other House committees.

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