Indian fisherman worried about mercury pollution

Bob Shimek, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, believes he was the victim of mercury pollution, a growing problem nationwide.

Shimek is an active fisherman, exercising his treaty rights and the traditions of his ancestors. He says suffered mercury poisoning as a result of fish he caught from a lake on the reservation.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a report saying that nearly every state has fish contaminated by mercury. The pollutant poses a health risk to pregnant women and young children.

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