About 5-thousand people have been added to the list
of those opposing a railroad expansion in La Crosse.
The Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature recently passed a
resolution saying the tribe is against the added line.
Now they will need to work with B-N-S-F Railway before
anything else can happen.
New at six.
News 8's Kyle Dimke joins us now with more.
Mike and Lisa .
passing a resolution means the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature
is letting tribal members and the public know the
tribe's stance on a certain issue.
In this case .
the Ho-Chunk Nation is opposing the proposed B-N-S-F
Railway expansion through La Crosse for health and
as well as historical reasons.
If BNSF Railway wants an additional 4 miles of train
they're going to have to go through the Ho-Chunk Nation
8- The whole area is part of our traditional land
Ho-Chunks have been a part of the La Crosse area for
a very very long time.
And because the tribe has such a history in the area
they worry an added rail line .
may bring up the past.
4- We also want to make sure that an expansion would
not be damaging to any sites of historical signifigance
whether they're sacred sites or barrial sites.
The Ho-Chunk Nation says there are 284 tribal members
living in La Crosse County .
and a new rail line raises some concerns about their
health and safety.
7- We do know that the oil that will be transported
is more volital then standard crude oil so thats a
We're also concerned about the tankers they're going
to be using, some of them are not up to standards
Now that a resolution has passed .
the tribe will begin looking into their historical
but they say.
B-N-S-F will need to do its part.
10- This process does require a lot of consultaion
and we do need to have that happen, you can't get
The Ho-Chunk Nation has to be consulted
reporting in La Crosse .
Kyle Dimke .
We did reach out to B-N-S-F Railway and they released
this statement saying...
We have not been contacted by the Ho-Chunk Nation.
BNSF respects the sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation
and we will reach out to them directly to listen and
follow up on their concerns.
The Ho-Chunk Nation says the federal permitting process
requires that B-N-S-F contacts the tribe legislature.
They say there has to be a consultation in order to
move forward with the added rail.