"Sacred Water, New Mine: a Michigan Tribe Battles a Global Corporation"

"Head in any direction on Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula and you will reach gushing rivers, placid ponds and lakes -- both Great and small. An abundant resource, this water has nourished a small Native American community for hundreds of years. So 10 years ago, when an international mining company arrived near the shores of Lake Superior to burrow a mile under the Earth and pull metals out of ore, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa had to stand for its rights and its water."

"And now, as bulldozers raze the land and the tunnel creeps deeper, the tribe still hasn’t backed down. 'The indigenous view on water is that it is a sacred and spiritual entity,' said Jessica Koski, mining technical assistant for the Keweenaw Bay community."

Brian Bienkowski reports for Environmental Health News June 12, 2012.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012