They Know An Alien Invasion When They See It, And They're Putting Up A Fight

An out-of-state mining company wants to dig what could be the world's largest open-pit iron mine near some of the world's most pristine water. These people aren't giving up without a fight, and they've got a message you'll want to hear.

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I am Anishinabe

Bad River Tribal member.



Anishbabe grandma...

Father, grandfather, great-grandfather...

The mine is in what would be considered ground zero, the head waters of that river.

The Penokee ridge is about 1800 ft. elevation.

We are living in the bottom of the bowl. The Penokee Hills are the rim of the bowl and all the water that's up there...

Goes down to many different ecosystems in the bed river water shed down to Lake Superior.

Mining this chart must take the same path, poisoning everything and altering the environment forever.

It is potentially going to be the largest open pit mine in the world.

It could destroy our source of water. Water is essential for life. No one should be able to destroy a community's water, and, especially not, an out of State corporation.

They come in, they exploit the resources...

And then they'll leave.

When you talk about jobs, you will be lucky if they last 20 years, maybe 30 years. Jobs are just temporary but the damage that is done to the earth is forever.

What are you supposed to do when the air is polluted, the water is polluted, the land is polluted and the mining jobs are gone?

A global situation is right here in the bed of the watershed. We can move forward, we can keep the protection with allies from around the world.

Make our voices heard.

No mine.

Preserve the Penokee Hills.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

This video of real people talking was created by Metta Monday Creative as part of their collaboration with Midwest Environmental Advocates on Citizen Voices Matter, a project to help citizens confront threats to health and safety from iron and frac sand mining. Here's more about the Bad River tribal organizing efforts to protect the Penokee Hills.

Jul 15, 2014

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