purchase of the Crandon mine still chokes me up when I think about
it. It is a wonderful example of the worth put on protecting
the environment, in this case the water, by Indian Tribes and environmental
advocates. Using $16 million dollars to protect the Wolf River and
tributaries has to be a reality check for everyone who has bought
into this mad, mad, mad, mad world we live in. Way to go!!
Land Management Attorney
Oneida, WI firstname.lastname@example.org
I am speechless, too! We never thought that this decade-long
fight will be ended in this way. All participants did a real good
congratulations from Vienna,
Society for Threathened Peoples, Austria Working Circle Indians
North America email@example.com
Protect Lake Cowal
are no words to describe the feelings and thoughts that are
travelling through my mind, heart and spirit. For now, I'll simply
say, the spirits know and they listen.
I'm also very, very happy for the people who fought this good
fight and humbled by the strength and determination of all who have
stayed with this to victory. Congratulations to all.
Anishinaabe community chief , Ontario
is wonderful to hear a fitting end to your long struggle. We
have watched and supported your struggle for years, hosted visitors
here in Canada and learned very useful lessons from the excellent
activists we have met who were involved in your movement. One small
victory which we hope can become an example and inspiration to others
as we try to change our world for the better.
Ken Traynor, Researcher
Canadian Environmental Law Association
130 Spadina Ave., Suite 301, Toronto, ON. M5V 2L4
ph: 416-960-2284 fax: 416-960-9392
website at www.cela.ca
and our library site www.ecolawinfo.org
with the tribal purchase of Crandon rights
The purchase of the Crandon rights by Indian tribes is yet another
example of how a determined and organised people could effectively
challenge corporate greed. We of the Wassa Association of Communities
Affected by Mining(WACAM), in Ghana are delighted about this innovation.
Our organisation is faced with simmilar challenges and we wish to
congratulate our compatriots for this gallant struggle that has
dealt a big blow to those who seek profit at the expense of the
dignity and survival of indigenous people.
Your strugle has moved the fight forward. To all those who supported
this struggle we think your efforts have been worthwhile. We need
to learn to globalise the struggle through solidarity. The success
has encouraged us.
Executive Director of WACAM
Ghana, West Africa
on a huge success and an incredible opportunity to bring justice
to the tribes of Northern Wisconsin, the state and all it's
residents - more importantly to human kind and all living creatures!
We at Headwaters Foundation and Fund of the Sacred Circle were
excited to hear your good news.
Joy Persall firstname.lastname@example.org
special Thanks to the Mole Lake and Potawatomi communities.
I received the good news of your victory for Wisconsin's environment
from e-mails by the Midwest Treaty Network. I rejoice with you that
the grounds containing the Crandon mine and the Wolf watershed area
have been removed from the power of those who do not respect the
health of Mother Earth. Hallelujah! I am grateful that Indian people
have regained some land which had been taken out of their care.
This is quite a happy land deal and I forwarded your good news by
e-mail to some of my friends in Minnesota.
Now that minerals will not be ripped out of the ground for short-term
profit, there is one less industrial customer for the immoral Arrowhead
powerline. May your success in defeating the Crandon mine carry
you forward to defeat the Arrowhead powerline.
Diane J. Peterson
4051 Gisella Boulevard
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
congratulations to the Sokaogon Chippewa and Forest County Potawatomi
for your victory on behalf of your communities, the rest of the
people of Wisconsin, Mole Lake, Spirit Mountain, the entire Wolf
River Watershed and its forests, creatures, plant communities and
clean air, in purchasing the Crandon Mine site!
We take heart from your perseverance and your victory.
Great Basin Mine Watch
to everyone for your hardearned fight!� Blessings to everyone
for your work, and for keeping your hope to give all our emerging
generations a future.� We also are celebrating victory in Albuquerque,
New Mexico.� On Oct. 28th, voters of Albq. voted against a street
bond that was to fund the Paseo road to descreate the Petroglyphs!�And
so we celebrate with you in spirit and prayers to everyone!� Again,
blessings to you all!�
Ah'h'sii'ah'he'eh'lan (Sincere Thanks)
Member of SAGE Council
I am so happy that the tribes were able to do this. Congratulations!!
It makes the rest of us more hopeful that maybe we can follow in
Charmaine White Face
Cowboy and Indian Alliance
a long-time former Wisconsin resident, I was elated to learn that
the tribes have purchased the Crandon Mine site. This is a significant
victory for Native Americans and all other Americans. It successfully
removes the most obvious and serious environmental threat to Wisconsin's
beloved Wolf River, and its associated wetlands, rice beds, and
I wish to applaud and commend, with all my heart, the tribes and
their supporters for achieving this wonderful outcome to what had
been a more than two decade long environmental version of trench
During this otherwise appalling time of the Bush Administration
and Congress methodically reversing over thirty years of environmental
progress, the tribes' purchase of the Crandon Mine is a momentous
cause for celebration. It is also a timely confirmation and reminder
that "endless pressure, endlessly applied" remains the indispensable
methodology of those of us who care about the environment and are
willing to stand up to the corporate "Goliaths".
St. George Utah
This was a mighty battle, and your victory will send ripples throughout
the world, spiritually as well as physically. You have served notice
that indiscriminate destruction of Mother Earth for the financial
gain of a few can and will be stopped. This is the beginning of
a cleansing long overdue.
2000 Walk to Remember walker
"Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than
material force, that thoughts rule the world." - Ralph Waldo
wonderful news! Some breath of hope in a world that otherwise
seems to get worse every day.
think it is great that an Indian tribe was able to overcome powerful
opposition and put to rest the Crandon mine issue hopefully
for ever. I feel grateful to them and all others who fought to preserved
the quality of the water running into the Wolf River.
George F. Pratt MD
Words cannot describe to you how much your actions are appreciated.
As a community, you have stood in strong opposition to multinational
corporations and set precedence for environmental preservation in
this state and beyond. You have shown us all that when we stick
together, we can accomplish great things. In this day and age, we
humankind, move forward at an unfathomably fast pace. It is reassuring
that at least some of us stop to think about what we are doing to
our planet and inevitably ourselves before moving forward.
Let us not forget about this wondrous blue-green oasis in the
midst of cold, dark space we call home. By protecting this planet
we allow ourselves to evolve to our fullest extent and allow the
world around us to do the same. Let us learn more about the world
around us and how to better be caretakers of it. Let us not forget
how truly precious the gift of life is, and how quickly it could
cease to exist.
There is much we have already learned about earth and ourselves.
Sometimes we use that knowledge to suit our ends. In this, we are
just part of the web of life, no better than insects and no worse.
Yet, time and evolution have given us consciousness. We can understand
the consequences of our actions and change our behavior.
To all of you who have devoted so much of your time and efforts
to protecting this earth and future generations....
N��'eshe, Go raibh mile maith agaibh, Danksche, Toa chie, Tika hoki,
Thank you.... keep up the good work.
Take care, be well and shine on,
Congratulations everyone involved!! Quite a victory. Time
to take a deep breath, wear a big smile, and reflect on all the
years past...and then...write a book for all us 'newbies in the
mining fights' to follow.
Again, thanks for your time and efforts, it is appreciated.
to all who worked so hard for so long to reach this day!� You're
not the only happy folks celebrating this victory over pollution
of the Wolf River. The next seven generations and those which follow
will cherish your memory.�
June and John Schmaal�
just goes to show all tribes the fighting we all have to do in our
own " backyard" so to say. Excellent news for all. Very proud
of everyone involved.
Congratulations to us all. My daughter will grow up hearing
the stories of this great victory. Sometimes it takes decades, but
the good guys eventually win.....
Oneida Tribal Member
YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
...for making the terror of the Crandon Mine possiblilty go away
news that I've ever heard, a big yawko to all!
Ron Hill, Oneida Nation
watched for years as the battle went on for clean water. I've
prayed more times than I can remember for a solution. I have kept
all those in mind who have fought with honor and dignity and have
prayed for strength and perseverence for all.
Hearing the news of the recent purchase was the most enlightening
feeling I have had in a long time. It is good to know there are
people who still believe so strongly in a cause they are willing
to risk life and limb if need be to hold on to what they know is
The purchase of the mining site is one of the most rewarding examples
of gaming money put to good use in its purest form!!!! Well, not
that we should be keeping score, but it feels soooo good to know
the water will be safe for generations to come. One for the NDN's
and -0- for the cowboys!!!!
People from all across Indian Country are celebrating with you!
For that matter, people all over the world!!!
Yaw^ko to all who fought the fight and won the battle. Skan^ to
all of you- I will continue to send my prayers to keep you all in
good health and spirits.
Susan G. Daniels, Oneida Nation
just want to extend my congratulations to the Forest County Potawatomi
Nation on their efforts to protect Mother Earth and her waters.
I feel that this is another excellant example of one of the benefits
Leland Wigg-Ninham, Oneida Nation
To a fight long fought
To a people forever strong
To all our children for years to come
Victory is sweet today!
from one of your supporters from the Oneida Nation.
want to thank the native american tribes who bought the property
called the Crandon mine site. I know they more than anyone in
this country know we are just stewards of this planet and it owns
us we don't own it. Bravo!!
on the purchase. Seven generations thank you too!
"Dr. Michael Korbol" MKORBOL@oneidanation.org
the Tribes and Midwest Treaty Network,
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything
that counts can be counted." -Albert Einstein
6278 County T, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
is the best news I've heard in ages!!!!
My heartfelt thanks to the Ojibwa and Potowatami tribes and to
YOU ALL who made this possible, ESPECIALLY you who went to the meetings
and devoted untold hours to doing the work. This is an incredible
gift to the whole state and to future generations. I am SO proud
of Wisconsin and I'm proud of us!!!!
w/ love & gratitude
all human beings that cared, fought, and gave altruistically to
preserving our waters and land against destruction and a huge
corporation! What a wonderful success. We hope you allow yourselves
the time (it's hard) to just bask in the feeling of great accomplishment!
Hope all else is going smoothly for you. Take care.
Love and Peace,
Carl and Carol Zimmermann
Oxford, WI opponents of Perrier
all the amazing people who never gave up the fight,
Can it be true, the worries are over-no mine? How exciting, and
slightly unbelievable. During the few meetings I was able to attend,
since the the mid 90's, I was inspired by the dedication and determination
of the diverse members present. The struggles, the set backs, the
farewell cards to the incoming companies...and the power of people
working together have all been used in my classrooms over the many
years to show what can happen when people come together.
Red Cliff Chippewa
Midwest Treaty Network
to the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa and Forest County Potowatomi
tribes on their victorious purchase of the Crandon Mine! Congratulations
to the many grassroots activists who stood beside them, the local
people who saw with their hearts the right path, the people from
distant communities who gave of themselves even when their own resources
were stretched thin! You all have shown the world the strength of
community and good intent against corporate greed. You were undaunted
even when told that you couldn't fight something so big and powerful,
even when told it was a "done deal".
We have set a precident in this state that will not be
Cassie Brewster, Lac du Flambeau
want to share my joy and thanks to the Forest County Potawatomi
and the Mole Lake Band of the Sokaogon Chippewa with you all.
I have talked with several people yesterday about this purchase
- and we were all stunned and overjoyed to hear the news. Several
people had to double check - couldn't believe that such good news
was really true. We talked about it at the beginning of a meeting
of our Rural Land Legacy Committee (formed to preserve rural and
natural land in our county), and we all were joyful there too for
This is a great day for the earth!
Jill Bussiere, Wisconsin Green Party
and THANK YOU for all of your dedication and relentless hard
work. This victory has touched the lives of so many people and given
hope for the future to people like me. I am a student at UWSP. I
attended the Student Mine Summit that was held on the Mole Lake
Reservation 2 � year ago I believe. Meeting everyone that was fighting
for the preservation of this sacred land and marching to the mine
site was an experience I will never forget. My excitement and pride,
for this triumph over capitalism and exploitation, goes out to all
environmentalists and tribal members and advocates for the land
who have put their heart and sole into this issue.
With love of the earth.
2901 5th Ave, Apt 1
Stevens Point, WI 54481
from Madison, my name is kelly diouf and i just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS
and THANK YOU to you all!! All your hard work and dedication
has paid off! I am so proud of everyone that played a part in this
and so happy for us all, thank you for keeping strong. In a world
where it seems like the unjust always win, this victory not only
provides so many lives with an ability to continue being as they
were (or improving), it also is an inspiring example to me to keep
struggling for what we know is right and just!
kelly anne diouf
That is wonderful news. Great reason to celebrate all the
hard work and dedication.
I was really excited to hear about the SCC's possible purchase
of the Crandon Mine site! I worked with Larry Nesper and Tom
King on the Traditional Cultural Property Report last year and since
then have been following the story closely.
Although I am unable to attend meetings in Mole Lake, I want to
express my deepest support and excitement that this battle might
finally be over.
4126 Green Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
is Jes Rountree, from Oostburg, WI. I have been following your
struggle, and now want to say "congratulations" on you success.
Your land is now back where it belongs. I am glad to see that native
,and non-native people aligned to fight this fight! How different
from the experiences of the people in this region in previous years.
Perhaps this is a sign of more good things to come!
On my part I say, Wado,
Wolf River Activists,
The Wolf River Crandon Mine issue was the first featured location
of the Federation of Fly Fishers, Endangered Fisheries Initiative.
The FFF played a very small role in your 25+ year struggle to protect
the headwaters of the Wolf River. About five years ago I spent two
weeks fishing the Wolf River and am pleased to know that the roar
of the current, the quiet mists of dawn and dusk, and the swarms
of the gray fox mayflies will be there the next time I visit the
Congratulations to all of you. It is a tragedy of this civilization
that you had to give up so much time and energy so the right thing
would be done.
WI Council, Federation of Fly Fishers
Phone: 608 262-2899
FAX: 608 262-0454
all of the people that have worked tirelessly against the Crandon
Mine for soooooo many years, I send my heartfelt appreciation and
While my wife and I live across the state, we did what we could
over the years to help the movement to stop the mine - we marched,
we wrote letters, we lobbied our legislators - but I knew in my
heart that it would be the local people that would need to put the
nail in the coffin of that environmentally-unsound and shortsighted
We have family up in Wabeno and were proud of their efforts in
opposition as well.
Thanks again for what you have done, you should all be very proud
of the amazing thing that you have accomplished.
To all the MTN folks, Chuck, the "old buzzards" and all of you
who organized locally in so many ways, and especially the Mole
Lake, Potawatomi and Menominee tribal communities: My most heartfelt
congratulations and gratitude for efforts that will enrich the lives
of generations to come. It's taken a long time to get here, but
the reward of coming to know so many good people has made it a good
journey. Thanks again!
am so happy that the tribes purchased the mine. Your consideration
for the environment is so great!
Christopher Zanowski, M.Ed
Director of Student Support Services
Chair of the Academic Staff Committee
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
want to thank all the very determined individuals who were able
to persevere to the end and cause this wonderful victory for
present and future generations!
We have the greatest respect and admiration for you.
It is so encouraging to finally see the good guys win one!
Curt and Carolyn Parker
Arbor Vitae Wisconsin
a day of victory!! Our warmest regards and congratulations all
our friends in northern Wisconsin on the purchase of mineral rights
to stop the Crandon mine project.
Our deepest thanks to the people of Mole Lake and Forest County
Potawatomi for doing the right thing and putting an end to plans
to mine in wetlands and headwaters. I know what a long, trying time
it was to fight this battle over many decades and I am profoundly
grateful and respectful of the sacrifices you and the other townspeople
and reservations in the northwoods have made.
To Fred and Frannie and all our friends up north, we share your
joy and celebration.
(& UW Whitewater lecturer)
to the People!
Miigwetch to the Sokaogon, the Potawatomi, and the Menominee peoples;
to NiiWin!! Miigwetch to the Wolf Watershed Educational Project,
Midwest Treaty Network, and the many other groups that have contributed
to this victory!!
How long has been your struggle toward this victory?. How many
phone calls, meetings, trips, conferences, rallies, letters to the
editor, legal briefs, interviews, tribal resolutions, on-line postings,
dinners ? How many new friends and allies ? How many stories told?
How many prayers offered?
Miigwetch for your labors of mind, body, and spirit.
You have not only defended the waters of Rice Lake, the Wolf River
watershed, all the living things connected to these waters, and
the graves of your ancestors against degradation.
You have stopped the flow of cyanide across our highways and byways
in Wisconsin and beyond. You have worked preventive medicine for
many families who will never know. But we will remember.
You have taught us something of your indigenous histories and
lands, and in doing so have reminded us of the power of knowing
who we are, and remembering where we are.
You have taught us new things about the very old tradition of
creating alliances and friendships between native and nonnative
people that is our almost forgotten heritage in the Great Lakes,
and have helped us to remember your sovereign traditions that rights
come with responsibilities to the present, the past, and the future.
After these many years of struggle, with the purchase of this
mine site the Sokoagan and Potawatomi peoples have reminded us as
well that it is not a question of money or not, of capitalism or
not, of globalization or not. It is a question of sustainable economies?
a question of creating economies for life, rather than death.
Miigwetch for your many gifts to us! You are together a bright
light in a dark time, and your light shines over the world. Miigwetch
for showing the world that we can fight and win for life.
We will remember?
I will remember, tell, and celebrate this story you have
Susan Gooding Danbury, WI, St. Croix Lands,
Chippewa Ceded Territories
behalf of the many Milwaukee friends who have come to northern Wisconsin
over the years to witness for justice and resource protection, CONGRATULATIONS
to all those who have fought the Crandon mine for so long.
To the NiiWin tribes, to the many townspeople off-reservation,
to the allied groups like Wisconsin Resources Protection Council,
Wolf River Education Project, Mining Impact Coalition, Midwest Treaty
Network and the many devoted groups and individuals too numerous
to mention, and especially to the Mole Lake Sokaogon and Forest
County Potawatomi, we send our profound thanks to you for protecting
the waters and people of Wisconsin.
Rural organizing in Wisconsin the last two decades has provided
inspiration and lessons for the grassroots movements across the
Midwest including our cities: Witnessing against racial violence;
putting in place renewable energy alternatives and organic farm
models and products; fighting the power lines. And now comes news
of the extraordinary victory of small Wisconsin Native nations and
their neighbors against a series of multi-national mining companies
and other owners of the Crandon mine site.
Your allies in this urban center are rejoicing. I know Walt Bresette
is smiling. As we said in the Walleye Warriors book:
"Rural and urban destinies are interwoven. Borne on the winds
from factories [and coal-fired power plants] in Milwaukee and
Chicago is the acid rain that poisons northern lakes and replaces
the crayfish in rivers with "elephant snot" algae. Back through
the cities come the rivers with farm manure runoff and the toxins
from mines. The foreclosures of small farms and the boom and bust
economy of mining drives more rural Americans to the cities [already
overburdened] and exacerbates rural anger towards the urban "crime/welfare"
tax drain. . . . (p.239)
"Urban-rural solidarity can heal the division we feel from the
land and our history if we understand that the loss of rural culture
is as grave as the crisis in our urban cores. The cities' food,
water and electricity come from rural or "wild" areas. The land
rights of Native Americans and small-scale farmers are the pith
of the same system as urban energy and economic development and
of the sustainable economic transitions we will all have to make.
The cities can not go on surviving at the expense of the countryside/wilderness.
The countryside/wilderness cannot thrive without cities becoming
ecologically sustainable. . .
The political barrier that often seems to exist between urban
and rural politics is really a place where progressivism intersects
with meaningful conservatism--one that conserves the earth and
traditions of cultural value.
. . . Who can teach us more about politics as well as ecology
than those who have lived here the longest?" (p. 224)
In this light I hope tribes in northern Wisconsin will look at
the impact of the PSC's recent approval of coal-fired power plants
in Oak Creek near Milwaukee and consider its impact on reservation
air quality and on off-reservation fisheries and sugar maples.
For now let us celebrate the good news in northern Wisconsin and
let us always remember the lessons and the many decades of hard,
amazing work done by activists, on-res and off-res, and by allies,
near and far.
Rick Whaley was spokesperson of Milwaukee Area Greens
1994-98; member of Milwaukee Greens Mining Task Force (precursor
of the Southeast Wisconsin Mining Impact Coalition) and co-author
with Walt Bresette of Walleye Warriors: The Chippewa Treaty Rights
Story (1993, 2003)