Saturday, November 05, 2011

Honor the Earth: Copper and Iron or Wild Rice and Water?

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, on New Warriors for the Earth*

BARAGA -- New Warriors for the Earth has shared this summary of recent mining projects, posted on Winona LaDuke's Web site, Honor the Earth**:

New mining projects threaten the water, land, wild rice and people of the Great Lakes. Over the past three hundred years, people have spoken out to protect this land and water…

Now is your chance.

Gogebic Mine -- Penokee Mountains, Wisconsin:

Representing up to 20 percent of known iron deposits in the US, around 1-2 billion tons of ore, coal mining giant the Cline Group from Florida has options on 22,5000 acres of mineral rights from Anderson, Mich., to just west of Mellen, Wis. The deposit is buried 350 feet from the surface, and is 20 percent iron, in the form of magnetite, to be extracted with high-powered magnets. The mine would stretch in segments over 21 miles, descend 600 to 900 feet and be 1200 feet wide. Copper and nickel are also likely to exist, and with them the risks of sulfide mining....

Click here to read the rest of this article about this mine and others in the Great Lakes Region.

*New Warriors for the Earth is an Anishinaabe-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering our communities to take positive action to protect Aki, Mother Earth. Click here to visit their Web site.

** Honor the Earth is a Native-led organization established by Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in 1993 to address the two primary needs of the Native environmental movement: the need to break the geographic and political isolation of Native communities and the need to increase financial resources for organizing and change. Click here to visit their Web site.

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