Above, Photo of Sitting Bull on American Flag atop Sacred Eagle Rock
American Indians and non-natives are encouraged to visit the northern Michigan campsite that is blocking a sulfide mine - as in sulfuric acid - from being built under Sacred Eagle Rock
Levi Tadgerson, an Anishinaabe man who loves and respects the environment, narrates this video that invites everyone to join the encampment at the base of Eagle Rock - the sooner the better because a confrontation between mine owners, the police and those protecting Sacred Eagle Rock could happen at any moment.
Urgent: Join tribes, others who areblocking Sacred Eagle Rock from mining giant Kennecott
Please watch 3 minute video by Tadgerson - who is a 22-year-old Northern Michigan University senior and member of Bay Mills Indian Community. The video was shot on 4/29/2010.
Playing A "Thank you" Drum is Elder Bobby "Bullet" St. Germaine of Iron River, MI
In the video, you will see the many amazing things happening to protect Sacred Eagle Rock including an appearance by popular American Indian singer/songwriter Elder Bobby "Bullet" St. Germaine of Iron River, MI - an elder of the Lac Du Flambeau tribe in Wisconsin.
Germain, who sings and leads a thank you drum under the shadow of Sacred Eagle Rock, says all those helping at the standoff are "warriors" in a larger cause.
"Warriors" who are protecting Sacred Eagle Rock
Photos by Greg Peterson
The Blue "Water Flag" that hangs atop Sacred Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock has been a sacred place to hold ceremonies since the Ojibwa tribe was created and was seeded to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) under treaties with the American government.
The multi-tribe encampment, that could be raided by mine guards and police at any moment, is blocking the Eagle Mine Project by international mining giant Kennecott Minerals and its parent company Rio Tinto.
KBIC member Glen Bressette Jr., 38, of Harvey, Michigan brought a rare legally-permitted Eagle has been received to award feathers to those who honor their tribes by protecting sacred Eagle Rock and other honorable actions.
Cliff's edge atop Sacred Eagle Rock in Marquette County, Michigan
Dozens of people from numerous tribes have spent days at the camp - and many others have brought supplies to the remote site on dirt roads about an hour from any city.
The state of Michigan has claimed ownership to the land - but the lease with Kennecott only takes effect when the mine has secured all permits.
Opponents say the mine must still get a federal EPA groundwater permit - but under a technicality the mine owners say they do not need the permit and recently put up No Trespassing signs.
The American Indians rushed to the sight after Kennecott ordered the arrest of longtime mine opponent Cynthia Pryor of Big Bay, MI on April 20, 2010.
Pryor was out for her usual walk on the Yellow Dog Plains when she spotted a bulldozer - and refused to leave saying the mine still had an EPA permit pending.
Pryor is a member of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.
Among the Ojibwa tribes from Michigan and Wisconsin on sight are KBIC, Lac Du Flambeau, and Bay Mills Indian Community.
As of April 30th, the mine guards has not confronted the campers - but the day before ordered no still or video cameras are allowed. That has campers worried about why what they do not want videotaped or documented - thus nerves are high.
When a reporter arrived a short time later - the campers allowed him on the sight and this story was videotaped.
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The video was produced by the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI, which has founded numerous youth, faith and Native American related environment projects.
Bobby "Bullet" St. Germaineof Iron River, MI - a member of the Lac Du Flambeau tribe inWisconsin.
He is a well-know longtime nativesinger:
Petition to support Cynthia Pryor
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve:
Save the Wild U.P. (SWUP):
SWUP Facebook Page:
SWUP Causes on Facebook
Stand for the Land blog:
Stand for the Land flickr photos:
Stories by Gabriel Caplett and otherson the Headwaters: Citizen Journalism For the Great Lakeswebsite.
Headwaters stories include oppositionto the Kennecott Eagle Mine project and alleged international crimesand bad acts by Kennecott Mining and its parent company Rio Tinto:
Taking a Stand: Sacred SiteCelebrated Despite Citizen Arrest
Pryor Ordered to Leave Jail:
Cynthia Prior Pleads Not Guilty:
Cynthia Pryor arrested at mineproperty:
Eagle Mine Concerns Raised at Rio TintoMeeting:
Upper Peninsula Mine Threatens SacredTribal Rights:
Rio Tinto Stomps on Indigenous Rightsin Upper Peninsula of Michigan:
Kennecott Minerals parent company RioTinto accused of crimes ranging from bribery to espionage toviolating mining act:
USA Today and Washington Post storiesfrom Associated Press by writer John Flesher article about ChaunceyMoran, vice chairman of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and avolunteer stream monitor
More stories and info about ChaunceyMoran:
Mining Journal stories:
Native American activists protest atEagle Rock 4/25/10:
Mining Journal Editorial: Cooler headsmust prevail in mine protests 4/25/10:
Pryor pleads not guilty to trespassing:Mining opponent arrested at Kennecott operation 4/21/10:
Mine foe Pryor remains jailed 4/22/10:
Rally Held at Eagle Rock
Mining Journal Video of Rally:
DEQ mine decision questioned 1/16/10:
Yellow Dog Plains on Wikipedia:
Yellow Dog Plains Pix via Wikipedia ByMaynard Leon and Kirill Zikanov (Wiki username Kirillz)
Trouble on the Yellow Dog Plains:
GRANHOLM, DEQ DECISION CONDEMNED BYU.P.
Protect the Earth: Part 2, Walk toEagle Rock By Michele Bourdieu
State of Michigan Info on Eagle MineProject:
Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute: