Mining Impact Coalition Opens Office in Ashland Friday April 5 Grand Opening

March 30, 2013
officeThe Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin —Penokee Hills Education Project announces the Grand Opening of their new offices in downtown Ashland, Wisconsin Friday, April 5, from 5 pm – 9 pm at 616 West Main Street.Formerly the home of Heart Graphics, the new building will allow the organization to have a base of operations from which to continue providing accurate and educational information to area residents on mining issues that impact the state, but particularly the Lake Superior region.

On March 11, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law contentious mining legislation that was overwhelmingly vetoed by the citizens of the state. This law was meant to pave the way for an out-of-state, multinational corporation to begin mining in the Penokee Hills. The first stage of the plan calls for a 4-mile open pit mountaintop removal iron ore mine that would go 1000 feet deep, built at the headwaters of the Bad River watershed. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) admitted after the bill passed the senate that it allows the mining company to contaminate the water.

The Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Our mission is public education, networking, and grassroots organizing on the environmental, health, social, and economic issues of mining that disproportionately affect Native and rural populations. The Penokee Hills Education Project is an education and outreach project of the Mining Impact Coalition and is focused on issues related to the proposed development of iron mining in northern Wisconsin.

UW Superior Pow Wow March 30, 2013

photo: Rebecca Kemble

photo: Rebecca Kemble

March 30, 2013

24th Annual Circle of Native Nations Pow Wow – Traditional

Location: Superior, WI. Wessman Arena – University of Wisconsin – Superior, 2701 Catlin Ave., Superior, WI, 54880

Info: George Strong 715-394-8007

MC(s): Les Gibbs

AD(s): George Strong

Host Drum(s): Cedar Creek

Cost: Free

Additional Info: Grand Entries at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. Feast at 5:00 p.m.

Head Dancers: Edye and Bill Howes

Red Cliff Mining Task Force

Red Cliff Mining Task Force will hold a free public forum March 28, 4 PM – 7 PM at the Legendary Waters Casino in Red Cliff. The public is welcome

100_1002Invocation – Frank Montano

Lake Song – Richard Lafernier

Presentation on Federal Mining Permits in Minnesota – Sara Wroblewski (5 – 10 min)

History of Wisconsin Mining Bill – Chad Abel (5 min)

Overview of Proposed Penokee Mine – Jacob Maas (5 – 10 min)

Community Action: What you can do – Tony Corbine (5 – 10 min)

Blessing the Food – Leo Lafernier

MEAL – Hot turkey sandwiches, chips, potluck items and refreshments


Schedule Next Task Force Meeting with Community

Traveling Song – Richard Lafernier

Chequamegon Bay Water Walk, March 22, 2013

On March 22, 2013, 30 women and a few men set out from Bad River with water from the Tyler Forks River on their way to Red Cliff. The crowd at Legendary Waters Casino, who were celebrating Bad River and raising money for their legal defense fund to protect them from the mine, greeted the Water Walkers after the water was added to Lake Superior at sunset in a water ceremony.

video: Rebecca Kemble