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#IdleNoMore Wisconsin Sovereign Nations! for Mashkiziibii (Bad River Tribe) PROTECT & SERVE MOTHER EARTH -CLEAN LAND+AIR+WATER = LIFE



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.



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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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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Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Overview by Canadian Police #idleNOmore

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Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Overview by Canadian Police

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Six Nations and allies Interrupt work on Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. JOIN THEM!

Six Nations and allies Interrupt work on Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. JOIN THEM! | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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Minn. Rio Tinto and Internal Colonies - - Raping Our Mother #ProtectTheSacred #ProtectManoomin #IdleNoMore

Minn. Rio Tinto and Internal Colonies - - Raping Our Mother #ProtectTheSacred #ProtectManoomin #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
For the past 10 years, Rio Tinto has been exploring the area north of Lake Mille Lacs. They are expected to apply for permits to begin mining in Aitkin County. As this map shows, there is a cluster...
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For the past 10 years, #RioTinto has been exploring the area north of Lake Mille Lacs. They are expected to apply for permits to begin mining in Aitkin County. As this map shows, there is a cluster of boreholes (yellow dots) in Crow Wing and Aitkin Counties. A mining district extending from Aitkin to Crow Wing Counties will release toxins that will not only affect Lake Mille Lacs but the Mississippi River as well. - #ProtectTheSacred #ProtectManoomin #IdleNoMore

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Northwoods It’s a Hardrock Life - #WaterisLife - #NOMINE #Ojibwe #BadRiver

Northwoods It’s a Hardrock Life - #WaterisLife - #NOMINE #Ojibwe #BadRiver | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
In Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods, a big battle over iron-ore extraction is pitting environmentalists and Native Americans against mining companies and their political allies.
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“There’s the upper watershed, the Penokee Mountains, where the proposed mine would be situated. Then there is the lower watershed, which is like the bottom of a bowl,” says Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr. “That lower bowl is essentially our tribal nation.” The reservation is home to the Ramsar-designated Bad River and Kakagon sloughs that harbor 40 percent of Lake Superior’s wetlands and wild rice beds, which tribal members harvest using traditional methods. “We are in the crosshairs,” Wiggins says, “set to endure the bulk of the environmental impacts in terms of groundwater pollution, surface water degradation, and air pollution.” -- http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/its_a_hardrock_life/

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Tribes stock Michigan waterways with 1.4 million walleye fingerlings

Tribes stock Michigan waterways with 1.4 million walleye fingerlings | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Michigan inland lakes along with Great Lakes waters and tributaries received almost 1.4 million walleye fingerlings raised under a program administered
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@Burke4WI Says If Elected, She'll Try To Stop GTAC Mine - Honor #Ojibwe #Treaties July 4th Wknd Visit?

@Burke4WI Says If Elected, She'll Try To Stop GTAC Mine - Honor #Ojibwe #Treaties July 4th Wknd Visit? | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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Burke Says If Elected, She'll Try To Stop GTAC Mine

Democrat Vying To Unseat Incumbent Scott WalkerUPDATED: Friday, June 27, 2014, 6:08pmBy Mike SimonsonSHARE:Share on emailShare on printShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on google_plusone_shareMore Sharing Services28 ListenDownload 

While Gov.  Scott Walker is full speed ahead on the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Range of northern Wisconsin, his Democratic challenger Mary Burke wants to put on the brakes. 

 

Officials with Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) said the $1.5-billion project will create 600 jobs at what would be the largest open pit iron ore mine in North America. Although opponents dispute the numbers, Walker said that GTAC’s investment will become an economic engine in an area that has some of the highest unemployment numbers in Wisconsin.

Burke, however, said she is aware of Iron County’s double-digits jobless rates and Ashland County's figures at 8.5 percent in May.  But, she said this mine, with newly-passed legislation backed by Walker, would threaten public health and destroy the environment. So, she will try to stop the GTAC mine.

“I will certainly look at every tool that I have and to make sure that we are protecting our natural resources.  Our air, our water are so important not only to the people who live in the community, but to the tourism industry as well," said Burke.

The Democrat's position has evolved since last year when she endorsed environmentally responsible mining.

Burke also said she thinks GTAC should pay impact fees to surrounding towns that incur costs because of the 4½-mile-long mine.

“They need to be fairer, particularly in the communities that they’re operating in and that those communities should see the benefits,” she said.

Bruke said an economic development fund should be started to create other jobs.

“We have to look at the assets and the opportunities across the northern part of the state and understand how we can have a more vibrant economy because I take very seriously the loss of jobs there,” she said.

Burke said she might tour the mine area and meet with tribal officials when she visits there during the Fourth of July weekend.  

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GTAC would threaten public health and destroy the environment. So, she will try to stop the GTAC mine. “I will certainly look at every tool that I have and to make sure that we are protecting our natural resources. Our air, our water are so important not only to the people who live in the community, but to the tourism industry as well," said Burke. -- http://www.wpr.org/burke-says-if-elected-shell-try-stop-gtac-mine

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Pres. @BarackObama needs to listen to Wisconsin #Ojibwe tribes - #TreatyRights - Al Gedicks : Wsj

Pres. @BarackObama needs to listen to Wisconsin #Ojibwe tribes - #TreatyRights - Al Gedicks : Wsj | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

n his historic visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation last week, President Barack Obama renewed his campaign pledge to listen to the voices of American Indian leaders.

 

Here in Wisconsin six bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa have appealed to President Obama to recognize that their reserved treaty rights are being threatened by the proposed Gogebic Taconite iron mine at the headwaters of the Bad River watershed.

 

In a letter to President Obama, the tribes stated they are dependent on fishing and harvesting wild rice and “contamination from the mining operation may make it no longer safe to consume these traditional foods in subsistence amounts.”

 

The tribes requested that the Department of the Interior “prepare litigation to protect waters, wetlands, fisheries, wildlife, subsistence use and public uses” in the Bad River watershed from mining.

 

How long must Wisconsin tribal leaders wait until the president listens to their voices?

 

-- Al Gedicks, La Crosse, executive secretary, Wisconsin Resources Protection Council 


Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/mailbag/obama-needs-to-listen-to-wisconsin-tribes---/article_86bf8a9a-2515-5133-a4bc-2a898e5b5ac8.html#ixzz36JyU9xpq

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In a letter to President Obama, the tribes stated they are dependent on fishing and harvesting wild rice and “contamination from the mining operation may make it no longer safe to consume these traditional foods in subsistence amounts.”

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Why 28 years have passed since the EPA’s last chemical risk review | Al Jazeera America

Why 28 years have passed since the EPA’s last chemical risk review | Al Jazeera America | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of chemicals have not been reviewed by the EPA, and people are starting to ask questions

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Tennessee leaders renounce state's role in Trail of Tears

Tennessee leaders renounce state's role in Trail of Tears | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
With a round of cheers, nearly 200 years later, the State of Tennessee publicly renounced its role in the Trail of Tears and expressed its regret.

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Jacqueline Keeler's curator insight, June 28, 4:52 PM

"It was a land grab. The United States government wanted the peoples' land and they took it. And so the lesson for us today is when government comes to you and they take something from somebody and they give it to someone else, that is wrong," said State Rep. Glen Casada.

 

As a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, all Native Americans refusing to blend in with the ever-expanding new nation were put on a several hundred mile forced march, now called the Trail of Tears. Thousands died along its path.

 
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Walking For Our Sisters – Exhibition Touring Calendar - Missing /Murdered Indigenous Women / Girls honor dedication

Walking For Our Sisters – Exhibition Touring Calendar - Missing /Murdered Indigenous Women / Girls honor dedication | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

PRESS RELEASE

Six-year art exhibit tour to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls opens in Flin Flon

 

June 23, 2014- (Flin Flon) “Walking With Our Sisters" (WWOS) is a commemorative art installation exhibit to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This international touring exhibit opens in Flin Flon today at the Elks Hall. This exhibit is currently scheduled to tour to over 30 locations in the next six years across North America.

 

The art installation is made up of more than1,725 pairs of moccasin tops that have been created by 1372 caring and concerned people from around the world to honour and pay respect to the lives and existence of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across North America.

 

Each pair of moccasin tops represents an Indigenous woman or girl who is missing or murdered. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, aunties, nieces, partners, and friends. They are cared for and they are loved. But they have been taken. 


This art exhibit will also bring attention to this issue as the numbers of Indigenous women and girls going missing and or being murdered continues to grow.

 

According to the most recent data 1,181 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada in the past 30 years. It is suspected that the actual numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are much higher.

 

In July 2013, Canada’s Premiers backed the call for a national public inquiry into this issue. And earlier this year the Special Parliamentary Committee looking into this issue released their report. It was noted a national public inquiry was not included as part of the recommendations in this report, despite repeated calls for a national public inquiry from those who shared information and experiences with the Special Parliamentary Committee.

 

For more information, photographs or to arrange interviews please contact: 
Noelle Drimmie 
(204) 923-0518
noelledrimmie@gmail.com

OR

Mike Spencer 
wwosflinflon@gmail.com

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Walking For Our Sisters – Exhibition Touring Calendar - Missing /Murdered Indigenous Women / Girls honor dedication -- According to the most recent data 1,181 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada in the past 30 years. It is suspected that the actual numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are much higher. -- http://walkingwithoursisters.ca/events/

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Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff | 371 Productions

Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff | 371 Productions | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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Click this link to find Al Jazeera America on your tv.

If you care about democracy or the environment or simply love good drama, you won’t want to miss this deep dive into the controversial proposal to dig what could be one of America’s largest open pit iron mines — right here in Wisconsin. Have a look at our trailer.

On March 11, 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation that rewrote the state’s iron mining laws, paving the way for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to dig what could be one of North America’s largest open-pit iron mines in the pristine woods of the Penokee mountain range.

Fault Lines correspondent Josh Rushing.

The mine, which could eventually reach 22 miles in length, provoked a standoff between GTAC and its supporters seeking mining jobs, and the residents, Native American tribes and political leaders intent on protecting their communities and water from contamination.

 

This half-hour investigative piece for Al Jazeera’s series “Fault Lines” tells the story of how GTAC and its allies wielded money and power to influence the law, and goes behind the scenes with the burgeoning movement to resist the mine.

 

BROADCAST TIMES

Al Jazeera America – Saturday, June 14, 2014
Central Time: 6pm & 9pm Sat 6/14 ; 1am Sunday 6/15
Eastern Time: 7pm & 10pm Sat 6/14 ; 2am Sunday 6/15

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Wisconsin DNR: Reject the Mining the Penokees! - Sierra Club - John Muir Chapter (Wisconsin)

Wisconsin DNR: Reject the Mining the Penokees! - Sierra Club - John Muir Chapter (Wisconsin) | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Dear Secretary Stepp,

I am urging you to reject the proposed taconite mine in the Pen
okee Range as the benefits do not outweigh the potential risks of water contamination, adverse health and economic effects, and degradation of the Bad River Tribe's culture.  The Penokee Range is home to hardwood forest and pristine rivers and streams, wetlands, and lakes.  The land provides crucial habitat to wolves, bald eagles, songbirds, rare plants, and countless other animals that rely on the forested community.  

 

The area is also critical for clean air and water resources.  This project would have massive air and water impacts on the Bad River Watershed, including over 1,000 acres of on-site wetlands, the high-value wetlands of Bad/Kakagon Sloughs, over 75 miles of designated Outstanding and Exceptional Resource Waters, and the aquifer that supplies well water to homes and businesses in the area.  Over 200 inches of snow each year provides fresh clean water that supports the Bad River Watershed and Lake Superior.  The Kakagon and Bad River coastal wetland complex on Lake Superior are known as "Wisconsin's Everglades". This area is critical to the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa for wild rice production.   The new iron mining law fundamentally limits your agency’s ability and funding to scientifically study the impacts of this damaging proposal.  We cannot risk these vital water resources and public health just to suit arbitrary mining company deadlines. 

 

Mining is a 'boom and bust' economy, especially true with the inconsistent steel market.  The mine threatens the current tourism and wild rice economy critical to the region. The risks don't outweigh the potential jobs.  This mine is bad for Wisconsin and we urge you to reject it.

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Mining is a 'boom and bust' economy, especially true with the inconsistent steel market.  The mine threatens the current tourism and wild rice economy critical to the region. The risks don't outweigh the potential jobs.  This mine is bad for Wisconsin and we urge you to reject it.

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With uranium poisoning wells, Navajos must drive miles to get drinking water #IdleNoMore

With uranium poisoning wells, Navajos must drive miles to get drinking water #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
But many who are constricted by circumstance still use contaminated supplies.
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#WaterIsLife . . . here's the reality of uranium, and McCain's push n' shove all these years from the removal of Hopi/Navajo act. 

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Milwaukee Penokee Support - We raised $695 for the #BadRiver Defense Fund

Milwaukee Penokee Support - We raised $695 for the #BadRiver Defense Fund | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Our Film Night last Tuesday was very successful...110 people attended -- an overflow crowd -- and we heard lots of positive feedback about the films. Hopefully many will write letters to the EPA.
 We raised $695 for the Bad River Defense Fund

Ellen reports: We took in $1201.00 (donations,     t-shirt sales, sales of Joel Austin book) with $406.00 in expenses (copies, donation to UEC for using the space, paying for t-shirts).  This left us with $795.00 profit of which $100.00 will go to our committee for future events and $695.00 will go to the Bad River tribe.  Many thanks to our treasurer Ellen who kept track of the money and everyone else who helped make this event such a success. A special thanks to Sue and Shea for getting our t-shirts designed and printed so quickly and beautifully.

Note: let Sue know if you would like to help her sell t-shirts and posters this weekend at Center St. Days Sat. and/or the We are Water event on Sunday or at other events.
E-mail Sue

Photos from our Tuesday event:Mark it on your calendars...
Next meeting of the Penokee Support Committee of Milwaukee will be
Thursday, August 28th
7 - 8:30 pm
at the Urban Ecology Center
in Riverside Park.
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Milwaukee Penokee Support - We raised $695 for the #BadRiver Defense Fund 

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Environmental Study Committee - Conservation Congress 08/02/14

This is going out to everyone who helped introduce resolutions on frac sand and iron mining at the Conservation Congress spring hearings. The Conservation Congress has given notice that this year's Environmental Study Committee will meet on Saturday, August 2 at 9 AM at the Elizabeth Inn,5246 Harding Avenue, Plover. The agenda for the meeting has been publishedhere. If you were listed as an author on a resolution that passed, you should receive an invitation to attend via U.S. mail within the next week or so. You do not have to be invited in order to attend.  There is a public comments segment during the meeting, with a note on the agenda that you should contact Marc Schultz at (608) 781-1662 before July 24 if you wish to speak to the committee. Even if you don't want to speak, it would be good to have many people present to show support for the resolutions. The purpose of this meeting is to decide whether each resolution was created in the proper format, and if so, to pass it along to the full Conservation Congress for consideration as a question on the statewide advisory ballot for the 2015 Spring Hearings. That sounds pretty dry, but even technicalities can become political when dealing with controversial issues like these, as we witnessed at the same meeting last year. The more the will of the public expresses itself, the better.
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The Conservation Congress has given notice that this year's Environmental Study Committee will meet on Saturday, August 2 at 9 AM at the Elizabeth Inn,5246 Harding Avenue, Plover. The agenda for the meeting has been published here. If you were listed as an author on a resolution that passed, you should receive an invitation to attend via U.S. mail within the next week or so. You do not have to be invited in order to attend. 

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Mich. Eagle Mine & KBIC awaiting Court of Appeals ruling - #Anishinaabe #ProtectTheSacred #IdleNoMore

Mich. Eagle Mine & KBIC awaiting Court of Appeals ruling - #Anishinaabe #ProtectTheSacred #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
The Eagle Mine is on schedule to begin nickel and copper production later this year, but even if it does, it might not remain online for long. The Michigan Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in June in an appeal of Michigan DEQ permits for the mine. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has pursued the appeal…

 

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#Anishinaabe #ProtectTheSacred #IdleNoMore :: 

The tunnel from the surface to the underground ore body passes directly underneath Eagle Rock, an Anishinaabeg sacred place. In 2010, KBIC members and others camped and protested there.

 

LaPointe asked, “What if everyone in the Copper Country or in the U.P. had to put a fence around their church? What if we just said, ‘OK, you can go in here at this time, and you have a fence around it and you can only go through that fence on this time’? People would have an uprising, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” -- http://abc10up.com/eagle-mine-kbic-awaiting-court-of-appeals-ruling/

 
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Paul DeMain, Oneida, running for State 29th Senate District in Wisconsin - "Wisconsin works best when Wisconsin works together!"

Paul DeMain, Oneida, running for State 29th Senate District in Wisconsin - "Wisconsin works best when Wisconsin works together!" | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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EDITOR: "Wisconsin works best when Wisconsin works together!" is the vision of Paul DeMain, the Democratic candidate for the 29th Senate District, which covers all or part of Sawyer, Rusk, Taylor and Marathon counties.

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High risk for cancer: Minnesota’s American Indian population devastated

High risk for cancer: Minnesota’s American Indian population devastated | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
MINNEAPOLIS — Inside the cavernous Base Camp facility at Fort Snelling, a long line of cancer survivors made a slow procession around the perimeter of the former cavalry drill hall where a century ago Army troops trained their horses. Their presence at a gathering of American Indians is solemn, supportive...
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#Ojibwe Tribes ask @EPA to intervene in GTAC iron mine proposal #WildRice #ProtectTheSacred

#Ojibwe Tribes ask @EPA to intervene in GTAC iron mine proposal #WildRice #ProtectTheSacred | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin before the plan is reviewed by state regulators and another federal agency.

The request is similar to one made before a decision by the EPA in February to review a proposed mining project in Alaska that opponents, including Indian tribes, say would harm nearby fishing stocks.

The tribes told the EPA they believe the open pit mine, which would be located in Ashland and Iron counties, would harm local water resources and pollute waters downstream extending to Lake Superior.

In their petition, the Chippewa tribes asked the EPA to intercede and evaluate the effects of the mine before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviews a mining application.

That review could include an EPA veto of a decision by the Corps or the state over the effects of dredging and digging in or near waterways.

In their May 27 letter, the tribes argued that new state iron mining regulations have been weakened in many ways, for example, by allowing iron mine developers to fill in wetlands and by altering standards for protecting groundwater. The legislative changes had been pushed by the mining company, Gogebic Taconite, as a condition to come to Wisconsin to develop the mine.

The company is proposing to build two open-pit mines up to 1,000 feet deep that would span about four miles.

The tribes include the Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa, whose reservation is nearest the project. Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. said in a letter to the EPA that sulfide waste rock could make waters acidic, harm fish populations and devastate the largest beds of wild rice on the Great Lakes.

Gogebic has not filed a formal application for a mining permit, and is not expected to in 2014. Once it applies for a permit, the state Department of Natural Resources and Army Corps of Engineers must conduct an environmental review of the project.

The EPA rarely steps in to review under the Clean Water Act. It has decided to evaluate potential projects 29 times over the past 40 years of the law. In 13 of those cases, the agency decided to limit or stop activity that posed an environmental threat.

The latest such case took place in February in Alaska, when the EPA said it would take steps to restrict or stop a large gold and copper mine, the Pebble Mine, that could harm nearby Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska because it posed risks to salmon stocks used by Indian tribes and commercial fishermen.

In Alaska, opponents petitioned the EPA to review the environmental effect of the mine in 2010.

George Meyer, a former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said that the request by Wisconsin tribes is significant because they are expressing similar concerns as those that were raised in Alaska.

Meyer is executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

Gogebic's spokesman was not immediately available.

An EPA spokeswoman said the agency is reviewing the letter.

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#Ojibwe Tribes ask #EPA to intervene in GTAC iron mine proposal #WildRice #ProtectTheSacred - In their May 27 letter, the tribes argued that new state iron mining regulations have been weakened in many ways, for example, by allowing iron mine developers to fill in wetlands and by altering standards for protecting groundwater. The legislative changes had been pushed by the mining company, Gogebic Taconite, as a condition to come to Wisconsin to develop the mine. - http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/tribes-ask-epa-to-intervene-in-gogebic-iron-mine-proposal-b99299878z1-264887321.html

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Chippewa tribes ask for EPA review of mine

Chippewa tribes ask for EPA review of mine | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Tribes say proposed mine in Ashland and Iron counties would pollute waters downstream to Lake Superior
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ASHLAND – Six Chippewa Indian tribes are asking federal environmental regulators to review the proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. The tribes say the proposed mine in Ashland and Iron counties would pollute waters downstream to Lake Superior. The Chippewa are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to take a look at potential effects before Gogebic Taconite's project is reviewed by state regulators and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tribal officials are asking the EPA to invoke part of the Clean Water Act that stopped a multi-billion dollar mine in Alaska. The tribes include Red Cliff, Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, St. Croix, Sokoagon and Lac Courte Oreilles.

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Chief Allan Adam: Oilsands Health Study to “Knock Socks” Off Industry, Government

Chief Allan Adam: Oilsands Health Study to “Knock Socks” Off Industry, Government | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

A new study from the University of Manitoba will soon challenge industry and government claims downplaying environmental health impacts of oilsands development, said the chief of a First Nations community Friday


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First Nations communities have alleged that toxic pollution from oilsands operators is contaminating their air, water and food. Representatives from industry and the federal and provincial governments have pointed to research suggesting the toxins aren’t yet at unsafe levels.

 

Environment Canada has sometimes declined requests from journalists asking for interviews with federal scientists doing this research.

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Harper Administration approved #Enbridge #TarSands w/o POTUS - See the Pattern? #IdleNoMore

Harper Administration approved #Enbridge #TarSands w/o POTUS - See the Pattern? #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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Harper Administration approved #Enbridge #TarSands w/o POTUS - See the Pattern? #IdleNoMore

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Wisconsin Will Have Chance to Speak Out Against Enbridge’s Line 61 Tar Sands Expansion | Occupy Riverwest

Wisconsin Will Have Chance to Speak Out Against Enbridge’s Line 61 Tar Sands Expansion | Occupy Riverwest | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Jefferson County, WI - Enbridge Company has done its best to move forward with Line 61 expansion plans of an existing tar sands pipeline that runs through the middle of Wisconsin with little public scrutiny or comment. That is until now. Concerned citizens from around the state, especially in the 16 county area directly affected by the expansion, have demanded a chance to speak.

 

Jefferson County Board Supervisor Jim Schroeder posted this last night on his Facebook page.

 

Facebook message from Jefferson County Board Supervisor Jim Schroeder.

It doesn’t equitably serve the people of Jefferson County to have a so-called “public” hearing on the expansion of Line 61 when the private company who stands to profit from building it gets to host the meeting to discuss it. That seems like more of a chance for Enbridge to sell their plans than a chance for the public to express concerns. Either way, it’s time for anyone who is against the tar sands expansion or the way Enbridge has rolled it out to come to Jefferson County next Tuesday the 24th and speak. It seems Enbridge can feel the pressure and know they need to allow more transparency and discussion. It’s time to increase the pressure. See you next Tuesday night.

 

 

 

A public hearing, hosted by Enbridge, will now be happening on June 24th in Jefferson County.

- See more at: http://occupyriverwest.com/us/line61-public-hearing#sthash.aIFPFPLP.dpuf

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HELL to the NO #Enbridge #TarSands in our Great Lakes, and Wetlands! #IdleNoMore . . . Wisconsin Will Have Chance to Speak Out Against Enbridge’s Line 61 Tar Sands Expansion - See more http://occupyriverwest.com/us/line61-public-hearing

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Wisconsinites Fighting Back Against #Enbridge Its’s Massive #TarSands Pipeline Expansion | Occupy Riverwest

Wisconsinites Fighting Back Against #Enbridge Its’s Massive #TarSands Pipeline Expansion | Occupy Riverwest | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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Wisconsinites Fighting Back Against #Enbridge Its’s Massive #TarSands Pipeline Expansion | Occupy Riverwest :: Few people realize that a pipeline called Line 61 carries toxic tar sands oil right down the middle of Wisconsin. Even fewer know that its owner, a foreign company called Enbridge, is trying to triple Line 61′s capacity, so that it would carry more tar sands oil than the notorious Keystone XL. This is because so far the company’s plans have received very little public scrutiny — but that is beginning to change. - See more at: http://occupyriverwest.com/us/no-enbridge-pipeline61#sthash.WUZUji6k.dpuf

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Crossroads of crude: Clearbrook terminal key component in Enbridge’s Minnesota plans

Crossroads of crude: Clearbrook terminal key component in Enbridge’s Minnesota plans | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
CLEARBROOK -- Just a few hundred yards southeast of the small town of Clearbrook stands a grouping of huge, white, silo-like structures.

Silos, though, wouldn't draw protesters.

This is Enbridge Energy's Clearbrook Terminal, and guards are posted there to protect the facility from demonstrators...

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