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

2013 International Year of Water Cooperation


United Nation’s 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation

2013 has been declared the Year of International Water Cooperation by the United Nations. March 22, 2013 is World Water Day, when citizens of the world have a chance to commit to stand united in defense of the world’s water. In designating 2013 as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the UNGA recognizes that cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace. Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions. Their website outlines the many action steps you can take to protect your water and the program taking place at the Hague .

Here in Northern Wisconsin, there is ample opportunity to protect our waters. March 22 will begin with a Water Walk from Bad River to Red Cliff. A fundraiser for Bad River, “Lighting the 7th Fire” is planned at the Legendary Waters Casino in Red Cliff that evening.

Please visit our What You Can Do page and take action today to protect Lake Superior from the potential of a 22-mile mountaintop removal open pit iron ore mine. Educate yourself on the issues, then help spread the word to others in your community and inspire them to take action to stand United in Defense of our Water.

Water is Life


Eagle on the ice of Lake Superior

Water. Life. We can’t have one without the other.

Tomorrow, the Wisconsin legislature will pass SB1/AB1, a devastating mining bill that was written by GTAC, a mining company that seeks to build a 22-mile mountaintop removal open-pit iron ore mine in the middle of the Bad River watershed on the shores of Lake Superior.

We have fought against this bill, in a different incarnation, since GTAC arrived in our area to begin the sales pitch of how this mine will be the answer to all our woes. Nothing could be further from the truth.

United in Defense of the Water stands against the legislation, as well as a mine in the Penokee Hills. Further, we stand against anything that will harm the water, which in turn is our life.

Please join United in Defense of the Water by signing up to be a part of this historic coalition. Explore the site and educate yourself on the issues. Find an action you can take to help defend our water. Educate your friends and family who love Lake Superior as much as we do. Then oppose SB1/AB1 by contacting legislators and tell them no.

Tell them, there will be no mine. End of story.
Kind Regards,
Lake Superior

ACTION ALERT: The Assembly will vote on AB1 Thursday March 7, 2013. Do not allow them to move forward this legislation without knowing the overwhelming opposition to it.

#1 Occupy the gallery if you are in the area. Bear witness to action, and see for yourself how many State Representatives have sold Wisconsin resources out.

#2 Email, call tweet and text your legislators this link:
with the following message:
SUBJECT: press conference with elected officials from Northern Wisconsin re: mining
Dear ______:
Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield, La Pointe, Red Cliff, Bad River and the entire Lake Superior basin say NO MINE. VOTE NO to AB1 or open the door to the destruction of northern Wisconsin.

#3: Email and call the press and ask why they have not covered this story.

See all the evidence here