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Tribal head: Wis. lawmaker overreacting to limits

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chairman of the Lac Du Flambeau Band of Chippewa says a Wisconsin lawmaker is overreacting by threatening to reconsider a state grant for a Native American cultural center.

Tom Maulson said Tuesday that Rep. Dean Kaufert is "shooting from the hip."

Kaufert, a Republican from Neehan, says he may push to reconsider a $250,000 state grant for a Lac Du Flambeau cultural center after the tribe and other Chippewa bands raised their planned walleye take.

Maulson disputes Kaufert's claim that the Chippewa tribes are retaliating for policy decisions by state outdoors officials. He says the tribes are "very fair and open and we've always shared the resources out there."

Six tribal bands declared their intent last week to spear nearly 60,000 fish, which could mean smaller bag limits for hook-and-line anglers.

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