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DNR hires Native American liaison to help improve tribal relations

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state DNR hopes a new liaison can improve relationships with Wisconsin Indian tribes.

The natural resource agency has named Michele Allness as its first American Indian liaison. It’s nothing new for Allness, who has held a similar post with the state Tourism Department since 2008.

The DNR has clashed with the state’s 11 tribes over several major issues.

They include the proposed iron ore mine near the Ashland area’s Bad River reservation, the state’s new wolf-hunting season, and efforts by the tribes to allow its members to hunt deer at night in certain areas. 

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