On August 31, members of the Ho-Chunk tribal court and other elders sent a letter to EPA’s Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, stating their belief that the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Assessment involving the sacred site known as Eagle Rock, omitted key considerations.
They contend that the consultation process should have involved all Chippewa tribes, not just the Lake Superior group, and that it should have taken into consideration the significance of the site to indigenous peoples who occupied the region before the Chippewa.
A 2010 Resolution adopted by the National Council of American Indians notes that “Eagle Rock has been linked to ancient ceremonial sites in Wisconsin and Montana by local tribal history and more recently by exhaustive research and on-site surveys…”
The letter also states that the Act was not properly administered by the Michigan DEQ, since the State regulatory agency determined that Eagle Rock was not a place of worship because it did not have a building on it. Continue reading
Hurley - Iron ore made this town, and many people believe an open-pit mine will help revive the fortunes of this once-bustling community.
“We need jobs now – not 10 years from now,” said hardware store owner Jack Giovanoni, who supports plans for a $1.5 billion mine 20 miles away.
But the project is emerging as a classic jobs-vs.-environment battle as opponents question how a large mine could influence another natural asset of the region – its water resources.
While the developer, Gogebic Taconite, hasn’t formally applied for a construction permit, the project is coming under fire from environmental groups and from a nearby Indian tribe.
In a July 2009 letter, Jon Cherry, former General Manager for Kennecott’s Eagle Project, says that “Kennecott’s commitment to respecting the cultural values of American Indian communities near its projects is a function of company practice, not just statutory requirements.” Why, then, have they chosen to ignore pleas from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, other tribes, and local citizens ̶ as well as a recommendation from a state judge ̶ to move their mine portal away from the immediate vicinity of Eagle Rock, a site which is considered sacred and of great cultural significance?
The American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) of 1978 was created by Congress to protect and preserve for American Indians their right to express their native religions, including access to and use of sacred sites. A 1994 amendment clarifies that “the Native American religions hold certain lands or natural formations to be sacred.”
There’s been a flurry of new mining proposals in the ceded territory of Lake Superior, threatening to overwhelm Ojibwe bands that are pledged to protect that region
The land ceded by the tribes to the U.S. government in the 19th century treaties is huge. It includes northeastern Minnesota, almost all of northern Wisconsin, most of Lake Superior and all of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The treaties gave up the land but guarantee protection of cultural and natural resources.
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There will be a public hearing this Thursday, October 7th at 6:30 pm – location the Ishpeming Township Hall – 1575 U.S. 41 West, Ishpeming, MI.
The subject of the hearing is to take public comment relative to the need for a NEW public county road from U.S. 41 north to the AAA road. We understand that the county is not presenting any alternatives – but rather just wants to query the public about the NEED for a new county road.
MARQUETTE – Keweenaw Bay Indian Community member Charlotte Loonsfoot received a 30-day delay of sentence today on a misdemeanor trespass charge involving a May protest of the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company at Eagle Rock.
Loonsfoot, 37, of Baraga pleaded no contest today to the charge in Marquette County District Court. If she abides by all terms of the 30-day delay, the prosecution has agreed to dismiss the charge.
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We need to call out the troops for as large a rally on the Marquette County Courthouse steps as we possibly can – with flags, banners and signs flying. September 28th, 8 am (pleas revisit the website for possible time change). Continue reading
This month at camp has been very interesting. We had 10 people at camp for a week and our friends from Minnesota had to go home and take care of their things. One of them stayed with his dog Yucca, he is a very good watch dog and he listens to Micah very respectfully. Art came to help us for a few weeks and he has to go do a 13 month walk in October. Michelle and Tom also joined us for a couple of weeks and they are really good fisherman, we had fish fry a few times when they were here. They also have beautiful and well-behaved children that spent a couple of days with us to and we couldn’t ask for better people to come out to camp with us.
My 17 yr. old daughter Shauna, my 16 yr. old son Chris, my 6 yr. old son Virgil, my 1 & 1/2 yr. old son Robert have been staying at camp with me. I have only went home 4 days out of the month but get to see them often. Virgil has been staying at camp with us the most. He loves it here, the things he wants to do the most everyday is fish and split wood:) Jerry, Robert’s dad brings my children back and forth from camp as much as he can. He helps us get wood, water, and food every few days. We are going to get married in October. Continue reading
A few of us attended the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve’s annual meeting tonight. It was a lot of fun. The UP’s very own Gold Mine Girls and Michael Waite opened for Drew Nelson. The concert and song writing workshop were co-sponsored by the Peter White Public Library.
Drew encouraged us all to keep fighting and said something like, my grandpa use to tell me that there are things that you do, but you don’t always know what your ‘do’ does, so keep doing it. He assured us that all of our efforts to protect the Yellow Dog and Eagle Rock and to protect the water have ripple effects that we may not realize.
The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP) is an environmental organization comprised of grassroots individuals who take environmental ethics to heart. They focus on informing the public about the watershed, conducting sound science, and protecting the resources from threats like sulfide mining. Emily Whittaker, director of the YDWP encouraged everyone to keep visiting our public lands and the rivers on the Yellow Dog Plains.
Click here to read more about the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve or to donate to help them continue their much needed efforts on the Yellow Dog Plains
Click here to listen to Drew Nelson sing Eagle Rock (song for the people)
Opening Act: Gold Mine Girls
Opening Act Michael Waite
NORTHWOODS NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OUTING
Proposed Kennecott haul road and North Country Trail
Michigamme Highlands, Marquette County, Michigan
Saturday, August 28, 10 AM Eastern (9 AM Central).
Emily Whittaker, Executive Director, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
Steve Garske, Invasive Plant Specialist, GLIFWC
This trip will begin near the southern end of the proposed mining haul road through the scenic Michigamme Highlands. We’ll drive the southern 2/3 of this gravel road. At the north end of the road we’ll take a hike along a seldom-visited and very scenic portion of the North Country Trail. This trail runs through an amazing variety of natural habitats ranging from open rock outcrops to northern hardwood forest and upland white pine and cedar. At the far end of the trail, we’ll visit a forest of red oak and white pine, where a plant never before seen on an NNPS trip grows in perfusion! This area is also the heart of Michigan’s moose range, so there is a (small) chance that we could see a moose. This trip will also provide a chance to see a little of what the big mining companies are planning for this still-isolated and wild part of the UP. Continue reading