I live over 325 miles northwest of Milwaukee and don’t read Dan Bice’s column all that often, but I notice that the blurb under the title of his ” No Quarter Blog ” reads, “Daniel Bice, the Journal Sentinel’s watchdog columnist, holds politicians and the powerful accountable ” Is that so?
Then someone please tell me why in the hell Bice wrote his most recent column about a pair of Lac Courte Oreilles tribal members legal troubles. Are Felina LaPointe and Mel Gasper, the two tribal members mentioned, politicians and the powerful?
I’ve met both Felina LaPointe and Mel Gasper. I worked on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation for several years, and my wife Shelly worked there for 12 years. I’m pretty confident that both Felina and Mel have lived in poverty most or nearly all of their lives, much like a majority of Native Americans in northern Wisconsin. And like a lot of people who grew up and live impoverished, they’ve had their share of troubles.
But when the call came for volunteers to live at the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest and Education Learning Project camp, they answered it. Like most Native Americans they’re sick to death of ” politicians and the powerful ” running roughshod over everything they hold dear, like clean water, fish safe to eat, and wild rice, or “Manoomin”, which holds a very special place in Anishinaabeg culture and mythology.
The legal troubles LaPointe and Gasper are facing have nothing to do with the issue at hand, namely, the construction of what might be the largest open pit iron mine in the world. Gogebic Taconite President Bill William’s legal troubles, on the other hand, have everything to do with the issue at hand, and yet the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Dan Bice have been largely silent on that particular matter. Why is that? I thought there was a big, bad watchdog columnist on the job down there.
In my view Bice’s piece is nothing more than a no-good, stinkin’, low down, reprehensible smear job of the first order of magnitude, and Dan Bice should be ashamed of himself.