* 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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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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We Are Water protect it from those who would pollute, profit, or privatize it. @OLBLightBrigade #IdleNoMore for the #WATER #WeAreWater #HumanRights

Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water and with just 3% of the world’s water existing as fresh water, it is imperative we fight to protect it from those who would pollute, profit, or privatize it.

Photos taken on the shores of Shawano Lake, in Shawano, Wisconsin.

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Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water and with just 3% of the world’s water existing as fresh water, it is imperative we fight to protect it from those who would pollute, profit, or privatize it. Photos taken on the shores of Shawano Lake, in Shawano, Wisconsin. We Are Water @OLBLightBrigade #IdleNoMore for the #WATER #WeAreWater #HumanRights #OLB #OverPassLightBrigade 

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In A Good Way Of Life - Potato River ceremony and then LCO Harvest Camp. #RFKvisitpenokeehills

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The old threads are unraveling, Get your needles ready. We are stitching a new quilt of humanity. Bring your old t-shirts, worn out jeans, scarves, antique gowns, aprons, old pockets of plenty who ...
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Join us! Celebrate the Penokees! May 24 - 26, 2013 - #NoPenokeeMine #BadRiver #idlenomore

Join us! Celebrate the Penokees!        May 24 - 26, 2013 - #NoPenokeeMine #BadRiver #idlenomore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Join us in a celebration of the Penokees! Copper Falls State Park is full. Consider booking a room at the casino or camping at LCO Harvest Camp.

 

Friday, May 24, 2013
Benefit for The Penokee Hills Education Project
Bad River Casino Convention Center
73370 U.S. Highway 2
Odanah, WI 54861
Located 10 miles east of Ashland, Wisconsin on U.S. Highway 2

6 PM Food
7 PM Music
Silent Auction 6 – 10 PM
Performances by
Red Cliff Hoop Dancers
Thistle & The Thorns (from Madison!)
Skip Jones
Barbara With
Wade Fernandez

Copper Falls State Park

Saturday, May 25, 2013
Annishinabeg Nation Treaty RightsCelebration 
Copper Falls State Park
11AM  -  3 PM
Feasting, drumming, singing, hiking

Tours of Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Campand Skulan University
3 – 6 PM

 

Please visit www.unitedindefenseofthewater.com

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Join us in a celebration of the Penokees! Copper Falls State Park is full. Consider booking a room at the casino or camping at LCO Harvest Camp. - Please visit www.unitedindefenseofthewater.com

 

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Paul DeMain The LCO harvest camp is open all summer to visit.
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Arkansas Attorney General Keeping Exxon Honest - #tarsands #idlenomore @maddow - special diapers for oil

Arkansas Attorney General Keeping Exxon Honest

Dustin McDaniel, Arkansas Attorney General, talks with Rachel Maddow about the pressure he's keeping on Exxon to hold them accountable for the oil pipeline rupture that has polluted the town of Mayflower, Arkansas - particularly necessary given the power they exert over the spill scene.

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These are not paper towels ... due to the epidemic influenza these are diapers to collect dirty oil diarrhea with no hopes for injection of medicate treatment. If its a legitimate spill, we have ways to exxon it and clean it up?

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SIX! Oil Spills in One Week: 'Accidents' or Business as Usual? #idlenomore no #tarsands #keystone #exxon #enbridge

SIX! Oil Spills in One Week: 'Accidents' or Business as Usual? #idlenomore no #tarsands #keystone #exxon #enbridge | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

UPDATE: Since publication of this story this morning, yet another oil spill has come across the wire - a CP Rail spill from a derailment in northern Ontario - raising the total of spills this past week to SIX.


Let's review the record over the last week:   

•  This past friday, ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline coated the streets of Mayflower, Arkansas with what CNN describes as a "smelly, asphalt-like crude" (i.e. diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands - the same kind the proposed Keystone XL would carry). These photos illustrate the effects of the spill on the sleepy Little Rock suburb - see the viral video captured by a local resident below.

• Enbridge was back at it again last week, with the fourth recorded spill in two months along its Norman Wells Pipeline through the Northwest Territories. The company has leaked an estimated million litres of oil since February, 2011, from this one pipeline, prompting the National Energy Board to order an engineering assessment of the chronically malfunctioning line.

• Meanwhile, back at the Alberta Tar Sands, Suncor was dealing with (and furiously downplaying) a leak from one of its massive waste ponds into the Athabasca River. This comes on the heels of a leaked memo to Conservative Resources Minister Joe Oliver, which acknowledged routine spillage from these ponds throughout the Tar Sands. 

• Over the weekend, Michigan was hit with another spill - this time up to 500 gallons of hydraulic oil spilled into the Lansing Grand Riverduring an equipment malfunction at a local utility.

• For those who would look to rail as an alternative to pipelines for transporting oil, there was the derailment last week of a CP Rail train,spilling an estimated 30,000 gallons of its crude cargo in western Minnesota.

 
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Why We Fight Enbridge - Red Lake Nation - #idlenomore stop #enbridge #tarsands #keystones #oilspills

Chi-Miigwetch to everyone for all your encouragement and support! Together we can make a different. Nizhawendaamin Indaakiminaan - We Love Our Land

 

https://www.wepay.com/donations/enbridgeblockade

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In support of our Anishinaabe relatives at Red Lake Nation, Minnesota. - Stop Enbridge from destroying our resouces, our Mother Earth and Sacred Water. - They are coming to expand in Wisconsin, and ship oil tankers to expand on our Great Lakes. - WE SAY NO - WATER IS SACRED, WATER IS SACRED! #idlenomore

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We want people to come out and visit the encampment.
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Miigwetch David! -- I hope to in May, depending on our family situation. -- have passed on the word. You have FULL support relatives. This Ogichidaa Anishinaabekwe stands by your side.
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Wisconsin State Journal Buries Health And Environmental Risks In Mining Bill Coverage

Wisconsin State Journal Buries Health And Environmental Risks In Mining Bill Coverage | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

The Wisconsin State Journal failed to note specific health and environmental risks associated with taconite mining -- such as increased levels of mesothelioma among miners and groundwater contamination -- in an editorial and news story on a mining reform bill that conservative members of the legislature have made a priority for 2013.

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The Wisconsin State Journal failed to note specific health and environmental risks associated with taconite mining -- such as increased levels of mesothelioma among miners and groundwater contamination -- in an editorial and news story on a mining reform bill that conservative members of the legislature have made a priority for 2013.

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The Tar Sands Disaster @barackobama must do what’s best for America no #keystone #tarsands #idlenomore

The Tar Sands Disaster @barackobama must do what’s best for America no #keystone #tarsands #idlenomore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

President Obama will be doing Canada a favor if he blocks the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.

 

The most obvious reason is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles.

 

Also, bitumen is junk energy. A joule, or unit of energy, invested in extracting and processing bitumen returns only four to six joules in the form of crude oil. In contrast, conventional oil production in North America returns about 15 joules. Because almost all of the input energy in tar sands production comes from fossil fuels, the process generates significantly more carbon dioxide than conventional oil production.

 
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The Tar Sands Disaster ... "Mr. Obama must do what’s best for America. But stopping Keystone XL would be a major step toward stopping large-scale environmental destruction, the distortion of Canada’s economy and the erosion of its democracy."  
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Key Canada climate centre faces closure - Canada’s government says it will no longer fund the facility.

Key Canada climate centre faces closure - Canada’s government says it will no longer fund the facility. | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Funding dries up for experimental Lakes Area research project that provides key climate change details.
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Canada’s government says it will no longer fund the facility.

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Gov.Walker’s 2013 Budget - DNR officials admit do not have enough staff #NoPenokeeMine The Progressive

Gov.Walker’s 2013 Budget - DNR officials admit do not have enough staff #NoPenokeeMine The Progressive | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

In Walker’s first year in office he turned the DNR into an “enterprise agency” with “increased operating flexibility to enable the agency to improve customer service and business support.” This shifted staff and resources away from monitoring, oversight and compliance with environmental regulations and created the Office of Business Support and Sustainability at a time when two major threats to clean air and water were ramping up: Frac sand mining and massive Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) with thousands of head of livestock.

 

DNR officials admit that due to a large number of early retirements when Walker took office, they do not have enough staff to oversee the sand mines or CAFOs. New wetlands and navigable water laws that involve setting up “wetland mitigation banks” whereby developers (like Secretary Stepp, who likes to remind people that she’s a business owner and a hunter) can fill in wetlands in one part of the state provided they “create” another one somewhere else pull staff away from the DNR’s core mission of protecting the state’s resources.

 

Stepp’s budget request includes the addition of two full time “small business environmental assistants” whose sole purpose is to help “job creators” navigate environmental permitting processes “in a protected and confidential manner detached from the permit review staff.” Until such time as Walker and Co. can completely trash all environmental protections, the least they can do for business is to provide them with state-sponsored coaching on how to game the system.

 

The most alarming aspect of DNR’s budget request is what it does not include: staff allocations for iron mining permitting and oversight. The mining deregulation bill that was passed earlier this month has eased the way for an enormous mountain top removal project on the shores of Lake Superior in a water-rich environment. Groundwater modeling, rock characterization and other aspects of the permitting process for such a large project are extremely complicated, yet there is absolutely no budget for DNR staff to carry out these tasks should a permit application be submitted.

 
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"...DNR officials admit that due to a large number of early retirements when Walker took office, they do not have enough staff to oversee the sand mines or CAFOs. New wetlands and navigable water laws that involve setting up “wetland mitigation banks” whereby developers (like Secretary Stepp, who likes to remind people that she’s a business owner and a hunter) can fill in wetlands in one part of the state provided they “create” another one somewhere else pull staff away from the DNR’s core mission of protecting the state’s resources..."

 
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The Longest Walk 1978: A Look Back - Native News Network

The Longest Walk 1978: A Look Back - Native News Network | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
The Longest Walk 3 – Reversing Diabetes will conclude in Washington next week on July 8.
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Must keep walking and joining together.

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To the Last Drop: Canada's Dirty Oil Sands - Part 2 - @barackobama say NO #keystone #tarsands #dirtyoil

Residents of one Canadian town are engaged in a David and Goliath-style battle over the dirtiest oil project ever known.

Filmmakers: Niobe Thompson and Tom Radford

The small town of Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta is facing the consequences of being the first to witness the impact of the Tar Sands project, which may be the tipping point for oil development in Canada.

The local community has experienced a spike in cancer cases and dire studies have revealed the true consequences of "dirty oil".

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Mining Company Deploys More Masked Militiamen Against "Eco-Terrorists"

Mining Company Deploys More Masked Militiamen Against "Eco-Terrorists" | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Welcome to the scary new world of mining in Scott Walker's Wisconsin.
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Mother Jones - Now its time to discuss what Wisconsin did to the environmental protections by relaxing them for the mining company by the Legislator, signed by Gov. Scott Walker - No more tourism, hunting and fishing, as mining drops like a ripple effect ... once there is one, its multipled by 10X - "Basically almost every environmental protection and public health protection you could think of is eliminated under this bill."

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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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Water is Life #8 - Defending Clean Water in the Penokees (7:23) - Indian Country News #IdleNoMore #WATER

Water is Life #8 - Defending Clean Water in the Penokees (7:23) - Indian Country News #IdleNoMore #WATER | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Water is Life #8 - Defending Clean Water in the Penokees (7:23)

Category: IndianCountryTV.com

Today we start on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation with two young men who went out spearing with the grandfather the night before and brought in two large Muskies. One that they donated to the LCO Harvest Camp in the Penokee Hills National Heritage Park that some people had thought would become the world's largest Open Pit mine. Since the spring of 2013 LCO members have established a base camp for resource gathering and historical study that is opened to the public to visit in Iron County, Wisconsin. With Paul DeMain in the Penokee Hills.

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"...Paul DeMain -- Please use your share button and reshare "Water is Life, Defending Clean Water in the Penokees" with your friends and relatives. We already know that trolls and others in favor of a proposed open pit mine here won't do that, but you can help spread the word about establishing the Penokee Hills National Heritage Park only if you share the information to others. Miigwetch...." - Today we start on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation with two young men who went out spearing with the grandfather the night before and brought in two large Muskies. One that they donated to the LCO Harvest Camp in the Penokee Hills National Heritage Park that some people had thought would become the world's largest Open Pit mine. Since the spring of 2013 LCO members have established a base camp for resource gathering and historical study that is opened to the public to visit in Iron County, Wisconsin. With Paul DeMain in the Penokee Hills.
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The Fight Against Wisconsin’s Iron Mine - #NoPenokeeMine #idlenomore for the #WATER

The Fight Against Wisconsin’s Iron Mine - #NoPenokeeMine #idlenomore for the #WATER | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Tribal leaders, environmentalists and local officials have united to fight a massive mine which could be toxic to a water-rich area known as “Wisconsin’s Everglades.”
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"Tribal groups have become the most important protectors of water quality in Lake Superior region, and are likely to fight this new mine in the courts as well...." - Rick Whaley

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Demand full media access to the Arkansas pipeline spill site - #idlenomore

Demand full media access to the Arkansas pipeline spill site - #idlenomore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Right now, there is a major oil spill clean-up happening in Mayflower, Arkansas. Over 12,000 barrels of oil have surfaced from a leak in an Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Canada, very similar to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

In addition to the unfolding environmental tragedy, media have had difficulties accessing information on the cleanup effort. One of the reasons for this is likely because access largely runs through Exxon Mobil employees who have a vested interest in keeping the media out of the loop.

The public and media deserve access to this oil spill. Please sign the petition to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Perciasepe demanding transparency and independence in media access to the Mayflower spill site. We will deliver the signatures to their offices.

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Right now, there is a major oil spill clean-up happening in Mayflower, Arkansas. Over 12,000 barrels of oil have surfaced from a leak in an Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Canada, very similar to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

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BREAKING! Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas RT USA #idlenomore #tarsands

BREAKING! Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas  RT USA #idlenomore #tarsands | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Thousands of gallons of oil have spilled from a pipeline in Texas, the third accident of its kind in only a week.

 

Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down their West Columbia, Texas, pipeline last Friday after electronic calculations conducted by the US National Response Center showed that upwards of 700 barrels had been lost, amounting to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil.

By Monday, Shell spokespeople said inspectors found “no evidence” of an oil leak, but days later it was revealed that a breach did occur.

 

Representatives with the US Coast Guard confirmed to Dow Jones on Thursday that roughly 50 barrels of oil spilled from a pipe near Houston, Texas and entered a waterway that connects to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Meanwhile, though, rescue works in Arkansas have been getting their hands dirty responding to an emergency there. A rupture in ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline late last week send thousands of barrels of oil into the small town of Mayflower, around 25 miles outside of Little Rock. Authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in response, and by this Thursday roughly 19,000 barrels had been recovered.

 

Another incident in Canada this week caused an estimated 400 barrels — or roughly 16,800 gallons — of oil to be compromised in northern Ontario when a train derailed. Originally, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said only four barrels were lost in the accident.

  
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BREAKING!!! 3rd major oil spill THIS WEEK in Texas again. And, SHOCKER Oil company says found "no evidence," of an oil leak but "DAYS" later evidence shows YES IT DID! -- "Coast Guard Petty Officer Steven Lehman said that Shell had dispatched clean-up crews that were working hard to correct any damage to Vince Bayou, a small waterway that runs for less than 20 miles from the Houston area into a shipping channel that opens into the Gulf." - -So why is pipelines, expansions, and Keystone a good idea? Something tells me Mother says, NO!

 
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Taconite Mining—What are the health risks? High levels of mercury toxicity #idlenomore #NoPenokeeMine

Taconite Mining—What are the health risks?
By Ann Behrmann, MD
Taconite iron ore mining presents significant health effects to both workers in the mines and those who live in the communities near the mine site. In addition to threatening the viability of watersheds and purity of drinking water, taconite ore mining and processing releases heavy metals and silicate particulate into the air. This air pollution can exacerbate lung diseases like asthma and COPD.1


Taconite miners and processing workers are at risk of silicosis and mesothelioma. 2 Michigan has confirmed 37 silicosis cases in miners in Upper Peninsula iron ore mines from 1987-2009, though researchers estimate that only 42% of occupational silicosis cases are captured in this annual study and the number of actual cases is probably higher.3

 

Digging ore in open pits and then grinding the ore during processing into taconite pellets increases release of three known heavy metals into the environment: Arsenic (AS), Lead (Pb) and Mercury (Hg). Mercury turns into methyl mercury in water and bio-accumulates in fish, leading to high levels of mercury toxicity in people who consume fish. Inorganic arsenic is a known human carcinogen associated with cancers of the lung, liver, bladder, kidney, prostate, and skin. Non-cancerous effects of chronic arsenic exposure include skin thickening and discoloration, as well as gastrointestinal symptoms of stomach pain, nausea with vomiting and diarrhea as well as numbness in hands and feet, partial paralysis and blindness.


Arsenic, lead and methyl mercury are also potent neurological toxicants that\ can cross the bloodbrain barrier and the placenta during pregnancy. These three contaminants are particularly dangerous to the fetus and developing nervous systems of children under six years of age. T

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Taconite Mining—What are the health risks? High levels of mercury toxicity "Arsenic, lead and methyl mercury are also potent neurological toxicants that\ can cross the bloodbrain barrier and the placenta during pregnancy. These three contaminants are particularly dangerous to the fetus and developing nervous systems of children under six years of age."

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Wisconsin’s Mining Sellout - Deeply flawed mining... #NoPenokeeMine #WATER #idlenomore #BadRiver

Wisconsin’s Mining Sellout - Deeply flawed mining... #NoPenokeeMine #WATER #idlenomore #BadRiver | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

“We have a plethora of defenses in our war chest...wrap your minds around the fact that this is not going to happen.”
Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins, repeating at a 
Lawrence University forum what he had said to Democratic 
legislators and the lone Republican holdout, Sen. Dale Schultz 
of Richland Center, on the proposed open pit mine in 
the Penokee Mountains.

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"Yet mainstream media has been dismissive of the report. Bjornerud names a major chain that owns many area dailies." - The mainstream media should be ASHAMED of themselves for not reporting the truth and facts. The mainstream media themselves are bought and paid for. They didn't soundbite the term, "Controversial Bill ... Relaxes Mining Regulations," until the  day of signing it into law. With that meme, Wisconsinites would have questioned the motives.

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Fasting and Idle No More A Spark Lit the Fire - Native News Network

Fasting and Idle No More A Spark Lit the Fire - Native News Network | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

As Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence embarked on her 44 day fast, which was really a spiritual journey, she demonstrated her courage to do this for her people and it awakened the spirit of nations. Many immediately began their own actions in support. An online event began on December 12 in support of Chief Theresa Spence. The goal was simple and it spiritual.

 

Non-natives have joined in the fight because much of the changes already in place and the many more to come will impact the entire Turtle Island and that is a cause for great concern. Our waterways are at a high risk for pollution now and with very little protection many communities will sink deeper into poverty. The ecosystem cannot survive if it not protected, life on our Mother Earth will become extinct.

 

So I applaud everyone who has decided to stand up and speak out. We cannot allow things to continue the way they have been, our future generations need us to remind our governments how important it is to protect environment, lives and the rights of the First Nations. The fire has been lit and it is up to us to keep it burning for the sake of all my relations.

 

- This article published in the Spring issue of Whisper n Thunder www.whispernthunder.org

- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whisper-n-Thunder-Fan-Page/145996572092902?fref=ts

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So I applaud everyone who has decided to stand up and speak out. We cannot allow things to continue the way they have been, our future generations need us to remind our governments how important it is to protect environment, lives and the rights of the First Nations. The fire has been lit and it is up to us to keep it burning for the sake of all my relations.

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Never Give Up - Tribute to Journey of Nishiyuu & Women Leaders of #IdleNoMore - Inspirational Video

Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum via Sandra Relling - "This video is a tribute and its amazing in so many ways... never give up #idlenomore ..."

No copyright infringement intended - for educational purposes only.

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Joe Wade's comment, March 30, 2013 10:51 PM
portraying AIM and Peltier in that video, does not serve the morals and ethics of INM, nor Spence, nor the youth, thou it does serve as a reminder of the violence against women

(2004,2011 AIM members convicted for the murder of a Mi`kmaq woman Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, AIM leadership ordered the exectuion, AIM members pulled the trigger, to this day Peltier , AIM leadership and much of it's membership condone an support the murderer's Arlo Looking Cloud, John Graham)
Joe Wade's comment, March 30, 2013 10:52 PM
interesting dialog with the publisher of that video, http://jpwade.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/aim-cuff-links-and-7th-generation-inm-media/
Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's comment, March 31, 2013 8:49 AM
Miigwetch Joe Wade – you have brought to the attention a great topic. – I was at the LCO Mi-Winter Social, where there was a panel – Denise Pictou Maloney was part of the panel as well where she told her story – As a tribal community we need to take responsibility for the past violence in order to heal today’s violence against our women. One is justice for the missing and murdered and do not support those who are the offenders. – The video however, and the people of Idle No More have pure and genuine purpose so we cannot judge those who are not aware nor make claim that AIM is part of the movement. Its Idle No More not AIM.

Here is the video of the panel – Denise Pictou Maloney speaking, and a former AIM gentleman came up and spoke and denounced AIM. http://www.newsfromindiancountry.com/index.php/tv/indian-country-tv-com/13778-native-women-missing-and-murdered-vawa-38min
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DNR panel learns about mining provisions | Superior Telegram The new law doesn’t require an EIS and set the bulk-sampling limit below the level that previously triggered an EIS

DNR panel learns about mining provisions | Superior Telegram The new law doesn’t require an EIS and set the bulk-sampling limit below the level that previously triggered an EIS | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
MADISON — The major changes made to Wisconsin’s mining law make modifying administrative rules a comparatively minor task, the Department of Natural Resources Board was told Wednesday.

 

The mining law, 2013 Act 1, went into effect Monday and states the DNR will not write rules that would put the law into practice. Instead, existing rules that apply to metallic mining will be amended to have them not apply to ferrous or iron mining.

 
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- Coakley expects Gogebic Taconite of Hurley to file an exploratory permit next month that allows them to take up to a 10,000-ton sample under the new law’s bulk sampling provision. The former law required an environmental impact statement be conducted during the exploratory or bulk sampling period. It also had no quantity associated with bulk sampling.

 

- The new law doesn’t require an EIS and set the bulk-sampling limit below the level that previously triggered an EIS.

 

- Mining companies take a bulk sample and run it through a processing mill in a pilot test to see how long processing takes, the quality of the ore and will mining be profitable or not, she said.

 

- A mining company isn’t required to make public data derived from core sample analysis during bulk sampling until it files a mining permit. That requirement is later in the process than under previous law. Although a company may share that information with the DNR as it is designing waste storage facilities during the pre-application stage.

 

- The new law requires a company to file a pre-application permit a year before it wants to file a mining permit.

 
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Woods Person: The Colonel’s Recipe Revealed! - Leslie Kolesar, "I have not read the new mining bill"

Woods Person: The Colonel’s Recipe Revealed! - Leslie Kolesar, "I have not read the new mining bill" | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

At the end of the [Iron County Mining Impact Comittee] meeting, during public comment period, Leslie Kolesar, chair of the committee, which by law, is supposed to be in an “adversarial” relationship with the mining company, said something to the effect of, "I have not read the new mining bill, it’s much too complicated." This from the person who has been campaigning for more than a year for passage of that bill, from a person who made videos for the Wisconsin Mining Association (at county taxpayer expense) while wearing her Wisconsin Mining Association tee shirt, who absolutely “glowed” while posing with our governor at the signing ceremony, and, who seems, sadly, to have absolutely no concept of “conflict of interest.”


This from the person who has been campaigning for more than a year for passage of that bill, from a person who made videos for the Wisconsin Mining Association (at county taxpayer expense) while wearing her Wisconsin Mining Association tee shirt,  who absolutely “glowed” while posing with our governor at the signing ceremony, and, who seems, sadly, to have absolutely no concept of “conflict of interest.”


Posted Yesterday by Woodsperson

http://woodsperson.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-colonels-recipe-revealed.html

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Leslie Kolesar, Iron County Mining Impact Comittee, "I have not read the new mining bill..." - Well, imagine that ... if had read the bill, one would have questioned the support of AB/SB1. Most of us who opposed the bill, and oppose the Penokee Mine, have.

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