MARQUETTE – Great Lakes mining will be the focus of the fifth Indigenous Earth Issues Summit at Northern Michigan University on Feb. 21. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Whitman Hall Commons. It is free and open to the public.
The morning session features presentations on the mines proposed for or currently under construction in each presenter’s region. The afternoon session is focused on involving conference attendees in workshopping a regional approach to mining that is rooted in the Anishinaabe communities of the Lake Superior region.
Featured presenters are from Anishinaabe communities in the Upper Peninsula, Minnesota and Wisconsin. They include:
• Winona LaDuke, Mississippi River Band of Ojibwe. She lives on the White Earth reservation and is the founder of Honor the Earth and Native Harvest. Named “Woman of the Year” by Ms. Magazine in 1997, LaDuke was also the Green Party vicepresidential candidate in 1996 and 2000.
• Paul DeMain, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe. He is the founder of News from Indian Country, CEO of IndianCountryTV.com and key organizer of the LCO Harvest and Education Camp in the Penokee Hills of Wisconsin near the proposed site of the Gogebic Taconite open pit iron ore mine.
A room with free children’s activities will also be available throughout the summit, run by NMU student volunteers from the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service.
Registration is not required, but would be helpful. Forms can be found at http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans. For more information, call 906-227-1397.