A distress flag flies above Eagle Rock, the entry of Rio Tinto-Kennecott's planned sulfide mine near Big Bay, Mich. The site is on leased state land. Mine opponents, including members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) question the legality of the lease and of the mine permits granted to Rio Tinto by the Michigan DNRE (Department of Natural Resources and Environment). (Photo courtesy Stand for the Land)
EAGLE ROCK -- Stand for the Land reports another distress flag has been hung at Eagle Rock, the Ojibwa sacred site, now fenced off as the entry location for Rio Tinto-Kennecott's Eagle Project sulfide mine for nickel and copper.
A short article on standfortheland.com reports, "At first we thought Rio Tinto might be flying a Chinese flag (China owns more of Rio Tinto than any other entity) but a zoom lens revealed that another distress flag was flying above Eagle Rock (one flew over the site on July 4 weekend). It’s a sign that, while Rio Tinto and the DNRE (Department of Natural Resources and Environment) continue to break the law, the public is still keeping watch."
Editor's Note: Read about the distress flag and what it represents for Native Americans in our May 27, 2010, article, "A hot day at Eagle Rock -- before arrests of campers." Visit Stand for the Land for more photos.