Keweenaw Bay Indian Community resists RTZ's metallic sulfide mine

by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (LCOTV) 

Speaking at the Indigenous Earth Summit in Marquette, Michigan, tribal vice chair Susan LaFernier expressed her great concern about the tribe's future in the Ceded Territory if a proposed metallic sulfide mine is permitted to operate.

The proposed mine is known as the Eagle Project.

Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) or Kennecott Minerals  wants to mine eight billion dollars of  nickel and zinc underneath the Salmon Trout River and process the ore twenty miles south at the old Humboldt Mine site near Champian, Michigan on Highway 41.

The project, if approved, would bring electricity to the region, affect endangered species, and adversely impact Native American spiritual practices. 

The Keweenaw Bay tribal council's  opposition to the project has not changed since it adopted a resolution in 2004, saying Kennecott's mining proposal deeply offends the traditional values and culture of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

They are saddened that sacred Eagle Rock now has orange marking paint on it, trees have been cut down, and other mining preprations are being made by Kennecott.

"There is great power in Indian and non-Indian working together to protect the earth." 

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