Monday, January 09, 2012

2012 Mining Impacts on Native Lands Film Series begins Jan. 11

BARAGA -- The 2012 Mining Impacts on Native Lands Film Series will feature the January film, Under Rich Earth, which discusses human rights and mining companies in the Junin community of Ecuador, this Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Baraga.

Two screening times will take place: at 12:30 p.m. in the Ojibwa Seniors Center and at 6 p.m. in the Ojibwa Casino Chippewa Room.

Regional mining updates and time for questions follow each film in the series.

Learn more about this month's film and view a trailer online at http://underrichearth.ryecinema.com/

Coming films in the series, to be shown at these same times and locations, include the following:

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Locked Out
About Rio Tinto’s treatment of workers and communities in the U.S. and around the world

Wednesday, March 14: Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area
Tells the stories of Native people impacted by strip-mining and uranium mining and milling

Wednesday, April 11: In the Light of Reverence
About Native American religious freedom rights in relation to mining and other developments throughout the U.S.

Wednesday, May 9: Tar Creek
About the largest Superfund site in America, near Native communities, left by a large lead and zinc mine in northeastern Oklahoma

Wednesday, June 13: Poison in the Rockies
Discusses threats to water quality and ecosystems in Colorado due to mining

Wednesday, July 11: American Outrage
About two elderly Western Shoshone sisters who received historic international recognition of their rights involving the confiscation of their land for gold mining interests in Nevada

This Film Series is hosted by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Natural Resources Department Mining Outreach and Education Program.

For more information contact Jessica Koski, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Mining Technical Assistant, at 906-524-5757 ext. 25.

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