* One Tribe One Nation One Fire Honoring Chief Theresa Spence, and the women who started the IdleNoMore Movement.



NO MINE IN THE PENOKEE HILLS Bad River is under attack under Mining Special Interests in Legislature, the Treaties that Protects and Preserves our Cultural Environment, Lands and the Water, honor them.



* VAWA Indigenous Women Issues Our congress refuses to sign the VAWA Law that has the protections and rights to prosecute non-natives who abuse our Women on Tribal Lands and more, this is important. Global awareness, to Stop the Violence Against Women, Sexual Assault, lack of support for justice departments from leaders of disappearing indigenous women, and children murdered and / or sold into human trafficking.



Sisters and Brothers leading Idle No More, in Madison throughout Wisconsin is: Rachel Byington, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma * Arvina Marin, Ho Chunk Nation Diana Miller, Menominee Nation * Sarah LittlerRedfeather, decent of the Anishinaabe, MN Chippewa Band - White Earth * Sanford LittleEagle, Ho Chunk Nation * Chuck Davis, Sr. We are in Solidarity and active with IdleNoMore Milwaukee.



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MISSION The, "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water." The movement wants to "stop the government from passing more laws and legislation that will further erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all Indigenous people globally." - We are in Solidarity with Canada, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to Idle No More, Protect our Lands and Water.



* One Tribe One Nation One Fire Honoring Chief Theresa Spence, and the women who started the IdleNoMore Movement.



NO MINE IN THE PENOKEE HILLS Bad River is under attack under Mining Special Interests in Legislature, the Treaties that Protects and Preserves our Cultural Environment, Lands and the Water, honor them.



* VAWA Indigenous Women Issues Our congress refuses to sign the VAWA Law that has the protections and rights to prosecute non-natives who abuse our Women on Tribal Lands and more, this is important. Global awareness, to Stop the Violence Against Women, Sexual Assault, lack of support for justice departments from leaders of disappearing indigenous women, and children murdered and / or sold into human trafficking.



Sisters and Brothers leading Idle No More, in Madison throughout Wisconsin is: Rachel Byington, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma * Arvina Marin, Ho Chunk Nation Diana Miller, Menominee Nation * Sarah LittlerRedfeather, decent of the Anishinaabe, MN Chippewa Band - White Earth * Sanford LittleEagle, Ho Chunk Nation * Chuck Davis, Sr. We are in Solidarity and active with IdleNoMore Milwaukee.



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Groups in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Collectively Shining Against Wolf Hunting and Trapping | Occupy Riverwest

Groups in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Collectively Shining Against Wolf Hunting and Trapping | Occupy Riverwest | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Stop the #WolfHunt ... Protect Our Ma'iingan. The Overpass Light Brigade sends a clear message in solidarity!!  The Light Brigade Network has been busy shining against the violation of indigenous rights in Idle No More Michigan,Northwoods Revolution: Minnesota Ogichidaag Light Brigade, IdleNoMore Wisconsin and Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf with our newest #lightbrigade groups.

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Stop the #WolfHunt ... Protect Our Ma'iingan. The Overpass Light Brigade sends a clear message in solidarity!!  The Light Brigade Network has been busy shining against the violation of indigenous rights in Idle No More Michigan,Northwoods Revolution: Minnesota Ogichidaag Light Brigade, IdleNoMore Wisconsin and Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf with our newest #lightbrigade groups.

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Militarized Mining in Wisconsin by Al Gedicks - #IdleNoMore for the #WATER - Stand with #BadRiver

Militarized Mining in Wisconsin by Al Gedicks - #IdleNoMore for the #WATER - Stand with #BadRiver | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Militarized Mining in Wisconsin

September 27, 2013   by Al Gedicks

[This is a reprint of an article in Z Magazine  vol. 26  no. 10, October 2013, copyright Al Gedicks - http://www.wrpc.net]

 

Armed guards protecting extractive resource operations is not an uncommon sight in Central and South American countries where there is growing community resistance to ecologically destructive mining and oil projects. As early as 2008 the United Nations documented “an emerging trend in Latin America but also in other regions of the world indicates situations of private security companies protecting transnational extractive corporations whose employees are often involved in suppressing legitimate social protest of communities and human rights and environmental organizations where these corporations operate.” (Human Rights Council, Report of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of people to self-determination).

 

In a precedent-setting ruling in Canada, the Superior Court of Ontario ruled that the Canadian mining company, Hudbay Minerals can potentially be held responsible in Canada for rapes and murder at a mining project formerly owned by Hudbay’s subsidiary in Guatemala. The case is now proceeding in Canadian courts.

 

See more articles of this issue visiting WCMC 

http://wcmcoop.com

 

Cover photo of the Overpass Light Brigade, "Iron Mine=Genocide," the eve when the Senators voted partyline for AB/SB1 New Mining Bill that favors and written by the Mining Company Gogebic Taconite (Chris Cline owned) despite the words of both parties echoing the warning that the GTAC mine proposes a threat of Genocide of the Ojibwe people of the Bad River Band Lake Superior Chippewa.

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>>----> "Militarized Mining in Wisconsin" September 27, 2013 by Al Gedicks [This is a reprint of an article in Z Magazine vol. 26  no. 10, October 2013, copyright Al Gedicks. - www.wrpc.net] #IdleNoMore #Ojibwe #BadRiver #LCOHEC #WIMINE >>------> See more articles of this issue  http://wcmcoop.com/ >>----> The Cover Photo of Overpass Light Brigade, "Iron Mine=Genocide," the eve when the Senators voted party line for AB/SB1 New Mining Bill that favors and written by the Mining Company Gogebic Taconite (Chris Cline owned) despite the words of both parties echoing the warning that the GTAC mine proposes a threat of Genocide of the Ojibwe people of the Bad River Band Lake Superior Chippewa. 

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G-Tac Bulk Sampling Tyler Forks #Penokee Hills - Trees already marked. #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore #BadRiver

G-Tac Bulk Sampling Tyler Forks Penokee Hills Michael Matusewic

See the streams that are within steps of the bulk sampling mining site that flows toTyler Forks near Upson, Wisconsin. Tyler Forks flows into the Bad River Watershed, which flows into Lake Superior. Poisons from a taconite mine at this site will end up poisoning Lake Superior. Video taken September 17, 2013. It is wetter here most of the year due to snow, snow melts, and Spring rains.

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The Trees have been marked in blue already when the permit has NOT been issued yet. Makes you wonder, aye. - #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore #BadRiver #LCOHEC - "...See the streams that are within steps of the bulk sampling mining site that flows toTyler Forks near Upson, Wisconsin. Tyler Forks flows into the Bad River Watershed, which flows into Lake Superior. Poisons from a taconite mine at this site will end up poisoning Lake Superior. Video taken September 17, 2013. It is wetter here most of the year due to snow, snow melts, and Spring rains..."

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Daily Kos: Water Is Life: Especially If You Walk The Walk - #IdleNoMore for the #WATER

Daily Kos: Water Is Life: Especially If You Walk The Walk - #IdleNoMore for the #WATER | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

As the Water Walkers spoke in hushed tones around the sacred fire, our Letter to Water was reflected in the lake before us. Across the lagoon were the gathering tribes, watching our messages, while hearing the water song. WATER, WE LOVE YOU. WE RESPECT YOU. WE THANK YOU.


Grandmother Josephine Mandamin with the Holders of the Light at Indian Summer Festival.


She has spent years walking thousands of miles around the Great Lakes bringing awareness to challenges facing these waters.

An overview of the journey:
http://www.samaqan.ca/water-journey-trailer/

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Grandmother Josephine Mandamin with the Holders of the Light at Indian Summer Festival.

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#LightBrigade Lights up Lakefront Before Indian Summer Festival Fireworks | #IdleNoMore #NoPenokeeMine

#LightBrigade Lights up Lakefront Before Indian Summer Festival Fireworks | #IdleNoMore #NoPenokeeMine | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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Indian Summer Festival organizers asked OLB to bring their light boards to this year’s festival. They worked with OLB to develop the series of water-related messages in response mostly to this past year’s direct attack on the watershed of the Bad River Tribe in the pristine Penokee Hills, the site of a future massive mountain-top removal iron-ore mine recently passed by the GOP controlled Wisconsin Legislature. - #IdleNoMore #lightBrigade #WaterWalkers #NoPenokeeMine #BadRiver See more at: http://occupyriverwest.com/us/olb-at-indian-summer#sthash.zxTGgt7k.dpuf

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Bad River Tribe Turns To Federal Government To Stop Mine - #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore 4 #WATERisLIFE #BadRiver

Bad River Tribe Turns To Federal Government To Stop Mine - #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore 4 #WATERisLIFE #BadRiver | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
By MIKE SIMONSON

The federal government is being asked to stop any more mining activity in the Penokee Hills, exploratory or otherwise. 

 

When a new iron ore mining bill passed the state legislature last winter, Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins figured his best bet to protect the watershed leading to his reservation and Lake Superior was through the federal government. He says the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have more integrity than the new state law.

“Bulk sampling is a joke and was actually a mining company construct that they got in the state law,” says Wiggins.

 

Wiggins says bulk sampling is the beginning of mining by Gogebic Taconite (GTAC), and he wants an environmental impact statement before GTAC does any digging or uses explosives in the Penokee Hills.

“We’re into the start of GTAC trying to get down into the earth, trying to get started on exploding, and we’re going to engage heavily at the federal level,” he says. “Let’s put a stop to this madness.”

 

Wiggins says Bad River will not sit by and watch the state go ahead while they believe federal regulations are bypassed. So they’re reaching out to federal agencies to step in. “There’s no silver bullet to protect ourselves. We have to utilize a myriad of different entities and resources.”

 

The Department of Natural Resources says although the new state law doesn’t require an environmental impact statement, the old state law didn’t either.

The state is holding its first of two required public hearings in the mining permit process in Hurley tomorrow. The meeting will be streamed live on WPR.org.


Enlarge imageCredit J. Chapiewsky (CC-BY-SA) / http://www.flickr.com/photos/24311566@N07/7245585946/The Penokee Hills.


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“We’re into the start of GTAC trying to get down into the earth, trying to get started on exploding, and we’re going to engage heavily at the federal level,” he says. “Let’s put a stop to this madness.” #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore #WATERisLIFE #BadRiver

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Hunting Deer | The Ways | The Anishinaabe Way #OjibweTreaties #Ojibwe #IdleNoMore

Hunting Deer | The Ways | The Anishinaabe Way #OjibweTreaties #Ojibwe #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

In Hunting Deer

Greg “Biskakone” Johnson is a member of the Lynx Clan and an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. His home on the Lac du Flambeau reservation established by the Treaty of 1854 is also known as Waaswaaganing, “the place of the torch.” 

 

Greg lives his life according to the four seasons, as did his ancestors.  He harvests deer, fish, maple sugar, berries, wild rice, and wild plants.  He enjoys trapping and snaring as well as hunting with a gun. Greg is passionate about keeping the traditional ways alive, and he takes every opportunity to teach these ways to others. Whether he is taking a group of students spearing for the first time or showing community members how to make buckskin moccasins, he shares his knowledge in the hope of keeping a vibrant traditional way of life relevant today.  Greg’s favorite students are his two children, Wasanodae and Koen. Greg taught his daughter how to skin a deer when she was four and his son to make moccasins at age five. Together, the kids tracked their first deer before they turned six.

 

Greg follows traditional practices when hunting and uses nearly all parts of the deer for food, clothing, and tools.  Providing deer meat to elders in and for ceremonies is a priority for Greg.  He is often called upon to provide the deer meat or wild rice for community feasts and funerals. Despite their legal standing, hunting rights of tribal members are constantly under scrutiny. Greg feels it is his duty to use his treaty rights so no one can argue that the rights aren’t necessary or relevant today.

 

These rights originated during the treaty era, when a burgeoning population of Americans moving west set their sites on the vast resources of Ojibwe (Chippewa) territory. The Ojibwe ceded millions of acres of land in exchange for cash, goods, and services. But the inherent right to survive via hunting, fishing and gathering on those ceded territories was retained by the tribe in the treaties of 1836 and 1842, commonly known as the “Pine” and “Mineral” treaties respectively.  

In 1848, Wisconsin became a state, and the Ojibwe found themselves subject to a number of state and federal policies. Most notable were state policies that limited their right to hunt, fish and gather. Conservation laws enacted in Wisconsin failed to recognize the treaties and the reserved resource rights of the Ojibwe. When they exercised these rights by hunting or fishing in the ceded territories, Ojibwe people were subject to search, seizure, jail, and fines imposed by the state.

A lawsuit was filed in 1974 requesting that the State of Wisconsin cease enforcing state laws against tribal members who were exercising legal treaty rights, and the Ojibwe eventually regained these rights in 1991. As off-reservation harvests began, a controversial period in Wisconsin history also started. Protesters attempted to intimidate Ojibwe people and stop them from hunting or fishing in the ceded lands. It took the rulings of a federal judge to make exercising their treaty rights safer for Ojibwe people.

Today deer hunting season in the ceded territory lasts for four months and is regulated by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). When Greg hunts on the Lac du Flambeau reservation, hunting is regulated by the tribe. The reservation hunt is modeled after the old way of hunting. Traditionally, the first sign of fireflies is when the Lac du Flambeau people began their hunt for deer. It ends when the weather gets very cold.

 

In addition to constantly striving to live a traditional life, Greg works with students at the local public school teaching Waaswaaganing culture and language. His life goal is to preserve and enhance Ojibwe culture to ensure that it is enjoyed for generations to come.

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"In Hunting Deer" -- Greg “Biskakone” Johnson is a member of the Lynx Clan and an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. His home on the Lac du Flambeau reservation established by the Treaty of 1854 is also known as Waaswaaganing, “the place of the torch.” -- The Anishinaabe Way #OjibweTreaties #Ojibwe #IdleNoMore

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A guy is teaching traditions to people about hunting animals. For example, he is teaching kids how to make moccasin boots and showing them to follow traditions and harvest animals correctly. He taught his son to make moccasins at age 5.He taught his daughter to skin a deer at age 4.They tracked a deer by age six. He likes to teach people the traditions of hunting an animal. He thinks that tradition is important so he wants to teach it.

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LCO Vice-Chairman Rusty Barber, a Veteran, on Harvest Camp - #LCOHEC #Ojibwe #TreatyRights #IdleNoMore

LCO Vice-Chairman Rusty Barber on Harvest Camp Penokee MineInfo   

July 30, 2013 - Lac Courte Oreilles Veteran, Vice-Chairman,  Rusty Barber explains the importance of the LCO Treaty Harvest and Education Camp. (By Rebecca Kemble)

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July 30, 2013 - Lac Courte Oreilles Veteran, Vice-Chairman, Rusty Barber explains the importance of the LCO Treaty Harvest and Education Camp. #LCOHEC #Ojibwe #TreatyRights #IdleNoMore

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Harvest Camp's Legality Questioned By State Forestry Association, Iron County -#IdleNoMore #Ojibwe #WIMINE #RFKVisitPenokeeHills #NoPenokeeMine #StandWithBadRiver

Harvest Camp's Legality Questioned By State Forestry Association, Iron County -#IdleNoMore #Ojibwe #WIMINE #RFKVisitPenokeeHills #NoPenokeeMine #StandWithBadRiver | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
The Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Harvest Camp next to the proposed iron ore mine site in Iron County is being called illegal by a forestry association.
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Imagine something that benefits ALL communities and invites sharing and unity, that is actually WORKING brings on the other side running scared - EVERYTHING IS LEGAL, and LCOHEC WILL REMAIN in TACT. "In fact, the camp plans to expand from five acres to 35 acres so they can harvest maple syrup next spring. Isham says that is also protected by treaty rights in the ceded territory. “We did get those permits because we do have non-tribal members, dignitaries, all kinds of people coming through the camp right now,” says Isham. “So, we wanted to be covered on every base.” -- #IdleNoMore #Ojibwe #WIMINE #RFKVisitPenokeeHills #NoPenokeeMine #StandWithBadRiver

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Hired Guns in the Penokee Mountains - #IdleNoMore #OjibweTreaties #LCOHarvestCamp

Hired Guns in the Penokee Mountains - #IdleNoMore #OjibweTreaties #LCOHarvestCamp | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Join ICTV on a walk into the Penokee Mountains Heritage Park with relatives and grandchildren to take pictures of drill site #6 about 1 mile from the Lac Cou...
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Join ICTV on a walk into the Penokee Mountains Heritage Park with relatives and grandchildren to take pictures of drill site #6 about 1 mile from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Treaty Harvest and Education Camp on Moore Park Road in Iron County Wisconsin. #RFKvisitPenokeeHills photos by Rob Ganson

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Paul DeMain's story update on Support the LCO Harvest & Education Camp -#OjibweTreatyRights #IdleNoMore

Paul DeMain's story update on Support the LCO Harvest & Education Camp -#OjibweTreatyRights #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Support the LCO Harvest & Education Camp NOW!! - We continue to build strong support amongst the local Iron County residents, many who have visited and support the LCO Camp with local contributions. With the July 5th, 2013 theft of the tribal flags at the entrance way, we are rebuilding the tribal nations flag display and contine our work of doing inventory of plants, endangered species, (like wood turtles) and continue to host the tours of the region while test drilling continues. Thank you all for you continued support of the camp and other efforts.

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"We continue to build strong support amongst the local Iron County residents, many who have visited and support the LCO Camp with local contributions. With the July 5th, 2013 theft of the tribal flags at the entrance way, we are rebuilding the tribal nations flag display and contine our work of doing inventory of plants, endangered species, (like wood turtles) and continue to host the tours of the region while test drilling continues. Thank you all for you continued support of the camp and other efforts." - Paul DeMain -- #OjibweTreatyRights #IdleNoMore #NoPenokeeMine #RFKVisitPenokeeHills

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WisEye Video - On July 1, 2013 a public hearing was held on the metallic mining ordinance in Iron County in Hurley, WI.

WisEye Video - On July 1, 2013 a public hearing was held on the metallic mining ordinance in Iron County in Hurley, WI. | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

On July 1, 2013 a public hearing was held on the metallic mining ordinance in Iron County in Hurley, WI.

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Isn't this the testimonial that George Meyer gave, and Sen. Tiffany sent out a press release purposely lied to the public about this hearing? On July 1, 2013 a public hearing was held on the metallic mining ordinance in Iron County in Hurley, WI. #RFKVisitPenokeeHills‎#NoPenokeeMine ‎#IdleNoMore for the ‎#WATER and ‎#StandWithBadRiver

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Penokee Mountains Heritage Park Walk to view Environmental Damage (5min) - Indian Country News - #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore

Penokee Mountains Heritage Park Walk to view Environmental Damage (5min) - Indian Country News -  #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Penokee Mountains Heritage Park Walk to view Environmental Damage (5min) - Category: IndianCountryTV.com

Take a stroll thru the Penokee Mountains Heritage Park on Saturday June 22nd, while going to drill site #4 shows water streaming down the middle of the road and off into creeks and streams. This walk was from the LCO Harvest Camp, thru Elizabeth Trudell's 1850's Sioux Script allotment to drill site #4, then to the central tank to view the waste container and waste water tank.

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Not so contained, and environmental protections taking place for test drilling, imagine am OPEN PIT! "...Take a stroll thru the Penokee Mountains Heritage Park on Saturday June 22nd, while going to drill site #4 shows water streaming down the middle of the road and off into creeks and streams. This walk was from the LCO Harvest Camp, thru Elizabeth Trudell's 1850's Sioux Script allotment to drill site #4, then to the central tank to view the waste container and waste water tank..." #RFKVisitPenokeeHills #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore

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Citizen Voices Matter | Midwest Environmental Advocates

Citizen Voices Matter | Midwest Environmental Advocates | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Citizen Voices Matter - Sneak Peek partyWhen: Thursday, October 105:30 - 7:30 p.m.Film screening at 6:30  p.m.Where: Marigold Kitchen118 S. Pinckney St. Madison, WI 53703

Enjoy Marigold's savory appetizers, beer and wine.

 

We want you to join the party - and Midwest Environmental Advocates! You can become an Advocate with a donation of $40 at the door.

Can you help sponsor our party? Donate $50, $100 or $200 before October 1 to be recognized as a host of the event. Contact Stacy at sharbaugh@midwestadvocates.org or call (608) 251-5047 x 1 to become a host.

Thank you to our event sponsors and hosts

Denny Caneff

Jessica Carrier & James Friedman

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John Domino

Trish & Manny Figueroa

Anne Forbes & Jim Lorman

Barb Kneer & Alice Holbrow

Bill Lamb

Marigold Kitchen

Metta Monday Creative

Michael Rosenberg & Cheryl Daniels

Helen Sarakinos & Jake Vander Zaden

Kelly Parks Snider & John Snider

Kimberlee Wright

 

Join Midwest Environmental Advocates on October 10 to learn why #CitizenVoicesMatter.

 

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Join Midwest Environmental Advocates on October 10 to learn why #CitizenVoicesMatter. #IdleNoMore #WIMINE #NoPenokeeMine #Ojibwe #LCOHEC

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Downstream - A short documentary of a mine's effect on the #BadRiver Community and Enviroment - #NoPenokeeMine

A short documentery of a mine's effect on the Bad River Community and Enviroment

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Downstream - GTAC #WIMINE effect on the #BadRiver Community and Enviroment - #NoPenokeeMine #Ojibwe @BarackObama

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Tribes: Feds have no choice but to stop mining in Penokees | Superior Telegram | Superior, Wisconsin

Tribes: Feds have no choice but to stop mining in Penokees | Superior Telegram | Superior, Wisconsin | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Tribal leaders in northern Wisconsin are requesting federal government intervention to stop mining activity in the Penokees. They’re doing that because they say the clock is running out to protect the ceded territory.

 

One factor is a Senate bill that could make 5½ square miles in mining areas off-limits to the public. Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins says this would kick tribal biologists off the area they’re obligated to protect.

“We’ve seen enough now to understand that state legislators are willing to pressure scientists, are willing to try and restrict access to publicly accessible places that are critical for the data and the objective data-gathering and analysis that are going to be necessary to paint a picture of this eco-system,” he said.

 

Six tribal leaders ask in the letter to President Obama to stop mining activities to protect the ceded territory. But Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, one of the sponsors of the “off-limits” bill, says this is not a place for the feds.

 

“Well, I sure hope the President doesn’t come in and usurp the state’s ability to manage its natural resources because that’s something the federal government has always delegated to the states,” Tiffany said.

But Wiggins says the difference is, this is state land in the ceded territory, so the U.S. government must act.

 

“In real time right now, we know what we need and we need intervention because of all of the efforts to obscure and cloud over GTac’s activities in the hydrology and the science of this site,” he said. “We expect from a trust responsibility perspective, we expect the federal government to be there for us and to honor those treaties.”

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::Tribal leaders in northern Wisconsin are requesting federal government intervention to stop mining activity in the Penokees. They’re doing that because they say the clock is running out to protect the ceded territory.:: #Ojibwe #NoPenokeeMine #TreatyRights #BadRiver #IdleNoMore

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Billionaire Battles Native Americans Over Iron Ore Mine - Its not Iron, its SULFIDE OPEN PIT WHOLE #INM

Billionaire Battles Native Americans Over Iron Ore Mine - Its not Iron, its SULFIDE OPEN PIT WHOLE #INM | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Chris Cline made a fortune in coal mines; now he's vying against the Chippewa to dig a giant iron ore mine in Wisconsin.
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The "proposed by Gogebic Taconite, which Cline bought a few years ago, the mine would be built in the far northern reaches of Wisconsin near the town of Mellen, in an area crossed by rivers and streams that flow north into Lake Superior," would indefinitely pollute the Bad River Watershed, Kakagon Sloughs, and kill the Wild rice (Manoomin), and fish, and plants and trees surrounded by started with blasting a HUGE (world's largest taconite) HOLE into Mother Earth = #GENOCIDE. #IdleNoMore! #NoPenokeeMine #Ojibwe #TreatyRights 

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Daily Kos: Water Is Life: Especially If You Walk The Walk - #IdleNoMore #lightbrigade #WATERisLIFE #ISF2013

Daily Kos: Water Is Life: Especially If You Walk The Walk - #IdleNoMore #lightbrigade #WATERisLIFE #ISF2013 | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
As the Water Walkers spoke in hushed tones around the sacred fire, our Letter to Water was reflected in the lake before us. Across the lagoon were the gathering tribes, watching our messages, while ...
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WATER WE LOVE YOU | WE RESPECT YOU | WE THANK YOU. = "So tell me. Yes, you! Have you walked around any of the Great, or even lesser, Lakes recently? You know, you can start right outside of your door, and like water, move until you get somewhere deeper." #IdleNoMore #lightbrigade #WATERisLIFE #ISF2013

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LCO #Ojibwe Board and Iron County Officials Meet to Discuss Permit for #LCOHEC Harvest Camp | NBC, CBS, MyNetworkTV, and The CW for Duluth MN / Superior WI | #IdleNoMore #WIMINE

LCO #Ojibwe Board and Iron County Officials Meet to Discuss Permit for #LCOHEC Harvest Camp | NBC, CBS, MyNetworkTV, and The CW for Duluth MN / Superior WI | #IdleNoMore #WIMINE | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Hurley, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Representatives from Iron County Board and Forestry Departments met with Lac Courte Oreilles tribal members to discuss the terms of the LCO Harvest Camp located in the Penokee Hills near Mellen Wisconsin.
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Robert DesJarlait "We Support Minnesota Mining (WSMM) made the following comment in regaard to this article: "Have liability issues been settled in regards to the activities which happened with the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp? Perhaps a clause should be written into the permit to deter any further ecoterrorist activities and hold LCO accountable financially if such activities do occur again. Are additional costs being incurred by Iron County due to security issues in this region? Hopefully the boards are discussing these aspects as part of any permit agreement."  The question is - why does WSMM continually connect the confrontational activity by Earth First! with the LCO Harvest Camp? The Harvest Camp had nothing to do with the incident. Who does WSMM continually use the word "ecoterrorist" with Native activists? And why is WSMM meddling in a situation that isn't in MN but in WI?  #IdleNoMore #WIMINE #Ojibwe #LCOHEC #OjibweHarvesters #RFKVisitPenokeeMine

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"ecoterrorist" ? It just gets crazier and crazier! AGGHhhhhhhhhh! :(
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GTAC Lies About Asbestos in Penokee Hills - ‪#‎RFKVisitPenokeeHills‬ ‪#‎IdleNoMore‬ ‪#‎LCOHEC‬ ‪#‎Ojibwe‬ ‪#‎OjibweTreaties‬ ‪#‎NoPenokeeMine‬

GTAC Lies About Asbestos in Penokee Hills - ‪#‎RFKVisitPenokeeHills‬ ‪#‎IdleNoMore‬ ‪#‎LCOHEC‬ ‪#‎Ojibwe‬ ‪#‎OjibweTreaties‬ ‪#‎NoPenokeeMine‬ | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
GTAC Lies About Asbestos in Penokee Hills

August 7, 2013 by Barbara With

On August 15, 2013, the Wisconsin DNR is holding a hearing to take public testimony on whether to issue a bulk sampling permit to Gogebic Taconite LLC (GTac) for mining in the Penokee Hills.

 

GTac submitted their application for bulk sampling in late June. On July 2, the DNR issued a ten-point response requiring more information from GTac, including how they plan to deal with the asbestos found in the Penokee HIlls:

Wisconsin Geological Survey shows grunerite, one of the most toxic forms of asbestos, is present on and near the proposed mine site.

 

10. Additionally, given the documented occurrence of asbestiform minerals in ore bodies of similar nature in Minnesota and reports of similar minerals (amphiboles of the cummingtonite-grunerite series) in the vicinity of the proposed bulk sampling activity, it will also be necessary to evaluate the bulk sampling activity to determine whether regulations pertaining to the control of asbestos emissions under chapters NR445 or NR447 WI. Admin.Code is required. If there minerals are present or potentially present in an asbestiform habit within the excavated material, a percentage of total emissions would likely be asbestos emissions.


According to the National Academy of Sciences, grunerite is one of the most toxic forms of asbestos and causes lung cancer, mesothelioma and pulmonary fibrosis. The Wisconsin Geological Survey states on its website that grunerite is found throughout the Mellen area on and near the proposed mine site. (see above)

 
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Wisconsin Geological Survey shows grunerite, one of the most toxic forms of asbestos, is present on and near the proposed mine site. ‪#‎RFKVisitPenokeeHills‬ ‪#‎IdleNoMore‬ ‪#‎LCOHEC‬ ‪#‎Ojibwe‬ ‪#‎OjibweTreaties‬‪#‎NoPenokeeMine‬

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Wade Fernandez in the Penokee Mountains Heritage Park (8:27) - Indian Country News

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Wade Fernandez in the Penokee Mountains Heritage Park (8:27)

Spend a few minutes with Menominee Nation musician Wade Fernandez, just back from his European Tour as he spends some time in the Penokee Mountains Heritage Park and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Treaty Harvest Camp near Upson, Wisconsin. The park is slated to become one of the worlds largest Open Pit Iron Mines if plans continue. Plans that are opposed by all 11 Wisconsin Indian Nations and many local resident.


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Spend a few minutes with Menominee Nation musician Wade Fernandez, just back from his European Tour as he spends some time in the Penokee Mountains Heritage Park and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Treaty Harvest Camp near Upson, Wisconsin. The park is slated to become one of the worlds largest Open Pit Iron Mines if plans continue. Plans that are opposed by all 11 Wisconsin Indian Nations and many local resident. #LCOHEC #NoPenokeeMine #RFKVisitPenokeeHills #Ojibwe #TreatyRights #IdleNoMore

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Pete Russo Speaks Out - he is describing in some cases literal threats from GTAC mining company #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore

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July 10, 2013 - At a press conference in Mellen, WI ahead of a joint committee of Anderson, Morse and Ashland and Iron County Mining Impact Committees, Ashland County Chairman Pete Russo discusses his history with Gogebic Taconite, the company that would obliterate the Penokee Hills for low-grade taconite.

 

This is the Chairman of the Ashland County Board of Supervisors, the board that voted 18-1 to implement an Metallic Mining Ordinance to protect the taxpayers of Ashland County and regulate mining the same way they regulate any other activities from dog licenses to building permits.

When he begins to cry, note that he is describing in some cases literal threats from GTAC mining company -- and how still nobody even knows who this company is, that wrote the Mining Bill for GOP legislators to pass.

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"When he begins to cry, note that he is describing in some cases literal threats from GTAC mining company -- and how still nobody even knows who this company is, that wrote the Mining Bill for GOP legislators to pass." #NoPenokeeMine  #RFKVisitPenokeeHills #LCOHEC #OjibweTreaties #OjibweHarvesters #BadRiver #IdleNoMore

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Citizens Testify for Strong Mining Ordinance

July 5, 2013  By Rebecca Kemble 

On July 1, 2013, over a hundred people attended the Iron County Zoning Committee’s public hearing on a proposed mining ordinance in Hurley, Wisconsin.

 

Twenty-three of the twenty-eight people who testified urged the Committee to develop an ordinance containing the strongest possible protections for public health, safety and shared natural resources.

 

Wisconsin’s new mining law prohibits the state’s Department of Natural Resources from issuing stop orders if mining operations threaten public health, safety or the environment. The law also states that “adverse impacts to wetlands are presumed to be necessary in bulk sampling and mining activities.” Opponents of the law argued that statement gives mining companies a blank check to pollute.

 

Photo of The Tyler Forks, one of the “puddles” that could be legally filled in by mining waste.

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"Passionate voices urging their County Board to defend public health, safety and the environment in the absence of state protections.." - By Rebecca Kemble of #WCMCCOP #NoPenokeeMine #RFKVisitPenokeeHills

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July 1, 2013 - At an Iron County Zoning Committee public hearing held in Hurley, Wisconsin, Paul DeMain preaches good neighborliness.

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July 1, 2013 - At an Iron County Zoning Committee public hearing held in Hurley, Wisconsin, Paul DeMain preaches good neighborliness.

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July 1, 2013 - At an Iron County Zoning Committee public hearing held in Hurley, Wisconsin, Paul DeMain preaches good neighborliness. #RFKVisitPenokeeHills #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore for the #Water for #WeAreWater #OjibweTreaties

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WisEye Video of Perspective Wisconsin: LCO Harvest Camp on Gogebic Taconite Mining Site #IdleNoMore

WisEye Video of Perspective Wisconsin: LCO Harvest Camp on Gogebic Taconite Mining Site #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

WisconsinEye visited Melvin Gasper at the Lac Courte Oreilles “Harvest Camp” near Mellen, Wisconsin. The camp currently occupies five acres of land, with plans to occupy thirty acres, and become designated as a heritage park. The camp is located on the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine site. There are currently disputes as to the legal standing of the camp.

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Perspective Wisconsin: Harvest Camp on Gogebic Taconite Mining Site -- 
WisconsinEye visited Melvin Gasper at the Lac Courte Oreilles “Harvest Camp” near Mellen, Wisconsin. The camp currently occupies five acres of land, with plans to occupy thirty acres, and become designated as a heritage park. The camp is located on the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine site. There are currently disputes as to the legal standing of the camp. #RFKVisitPenokeeHills #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore for the #WATER and #StandWithBadRiver

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