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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.



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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.



WE ARE NOT AN ORGANIZATION ... WE ARE GRASSROOTS TRIBAL INDIVIDUALS WORKING TOGETHER TO INITIATE #IDLENOMORE WISCONSIN IN SOLIDARITY WITH CANADA, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES. - WHEN DONATIONS ARE ASKED, THEY ARE FOR FUNDING OF PERMITS AT OUR MARCHES/EVENTS, SPACE RENTALS AND/OR GAS / TRAVEL EXPENSES FROM THOSE TO ATTEND FROM IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES.

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Spanish Trial Of GTAC Bill Williams (Gov. Walker's #WIMINE) All But Certain - #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore for #WATER

Spanish Trial Of GTAC Bill Williams (Gov. Walker's #WIMINE) All But Certain - #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore for #WATER | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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Spanish Trial Of GTAC Bill Williams All But Certain

November 29, 2013 by WCMC

Cobre Las Cruces copper mine in Seville, Spain. GTac President Bill Williams was director at the mine and is alleged to be responsible for multiple crimes against the environment.

WCMC has obtained information from the Spanish organization pressing charges against Bill Williams, President of Gogebic Taconite (GTac), for alleged crimes perpetrated while he was director of the Cobre las Cruces copper mine in Spain. Ecologistas en Acción (Ecologists In Action) are seeking information on Williams’ current whereabouts to pass on to the Spanish court, so that he can be subpoenaed to face trial in Spain for his role in pollution of an aquifer near Seville, and other environmental violations.

According to Isidoro I. Albarreal Núñez, a member of Ecologistas en Acción who is responsible for coordinating the legal actions against Cobre Las Cruces, “In April 2008, there was a massive collapse of the slopes of the mine, for which Bill Williams was directly responsible. This collapse was predicted several years earlier (since 2002, before construction of the mine began) in several reports from CEDEX, a technical unit of the Spanish government, because the design of the slopes of the mine wasn’t safe. CEDEX indicated that it was necessary to modify this slope design to safer parameters.”

Corporate Organization Chart for Cobre Las Cruces, translated from the Spanish version (here)

Núñez says that when Williams became director of the mine, he failed to follow what was suggested in the CEDEX report. “To reduce costs during the excavation, Williams did not make the mine with the correct grade of the slope that was recommended by CEDEX and those slopes collapsed in April 2008. Williams also failed to carry out a Geotechnical Sonar Project, a condition required by mining authorities.”

Núñez holds a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Seville and is coordinator of the mines and quarries area of Ecologists in Accion-Andalucia. He was provincial coordinator in Seville between 2005 and 2009.

Williams, holed up in his Hurley office in northern Wisconsin, responded in an AP report by saying he is not sure how these charges will affect the opening of GTac’s 22-mile open-pit mountaintop removal mine in the Penokee Hills. Wisconsin law does not deny felons permission to operate a mine, but the charges should raise the red flag at the DNR.

GTac lobbyist Bob Seitz and President Bill Williams at recent one-on-one meetings in Ashland. Photo: Ros Nelson

In more difficult news for GTac, information arose last week about evidence of GTac sharing lobbyists with the group of organizations that have been subpoenaed in the latest John Doe investigation. An investigation has spread over five counties and is collaring election-rigging organizations that funneled Koch money into the state during the recalls. GTac, Wisconsin Republican leadership and Americans for Prosperity worked in close conjunction to make sure AB/SB1 became law. The evidence of possible collusion pushes GTac ever closer to the dragnet.

 

Back in Spain, according to Núñez, Court No. 19 is waiting for the prosecutor to submit his complaints and for Ecologists in Action to add theirs before they schedule the exact date of the trial. Once the trial is scheduled, the court will summon the accused. Núñez assured WCMC that there will be a trial.

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Spanish Trial Of GTAC Bill Williams (Walker's #WIMINE) All But Certain - #NoPenokeeMine #IdleNoMore for #WATER 

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

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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.

 

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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Water is Life #6 - Defending Clean Water in the Penokees (5:42) - Indian Country News #NoPenokeeMine #idlenomore

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Water is Life #6 - Defending Clean Water in the Penokees (5:42) - Category: IndianCountryTV.com

David Zepczyk owns and operates Four Corners Food and Spirits in Mason, Wisconsin is testifying against the legislation that would create a path for the worlds largest open pit mine (22 miles long) in northern Wisconsin. David testified about how citizens were told to trust the legislators, and mining companies when he believe local communities should be working on sustainability. David contracted an environmental disease of some kind, along with other neighbors living in the Penokees that are dying from cancers of many kind.

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WATCH THIS, and SHARE :: "We are stuarts of the Land ... " -- "David Zepczyk owns and operates Four Corners Food and Spirits in Mason, Wisconsin is testifying against the legislation that would create a path for the worlds largest open pit mine (22 miles long) in northern Wisconsin. David testified about how citizens were told to trust the legislators, and mining companies when he believe local communities should be working on sustainability. David contracted an environmental disease of some kind, along with other neighbors living in the Penokees that are dying from cancers of many kind."

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

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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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