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04/02/2018–The federal government says a lawsuit filed by the Menominee tribe is moot and a judge should dismiss it.  Aquila Resources wants to operate the mine Back 40 Mine in Menominee County  The tribe filed its lawsuit in January.  It says the project threatens sacred land and the environment — especially the Menominee River.  There is a concentration of sites which are sacred to the tribe at the Sixty Island area where the mine would be located. But the federal government says there has been no final decision as to whether the Mine should be issued their wetlands permit, and additional administrative review is necessary before this question will be answered. Requiring the Tribe to wait until the conclusion of these proceedings before securing judicial review does not result in any harm to the Tribe, moreover, further proceedings may entirely moot the need for litigation,” the Department of Justice argues.