Tribal Mining Forum at Keweenaw Bay

The KBIC Mining Outreach & Education Initiative is hosting its first ever Tribal Mining Forum on Friday, May 11th – Saturday, May 12th.

The Mining Forum will take place at the Niiwin Akeaa Center (Ojibwa Community College) Gymnasium starting at 1pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday. On Friday, a Community Potluck Dinner will also take place at 6pm.

The purpose of this forum is to educate the community on mining in order to increase awareness of its historical and contemporary impacts within the Lake Superior basin and Ojibwa ceded territory.
An informed community will have more capacity for protecting the environment and envisioning sustainable solutions for our future.

The Keynote Speaker will be Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr., whose community recently succeeded in preventing rollbacks to Wisconsin mining law that would have permitted a large taconite mine upstream from their community.

The event will also include guest speakers from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority, National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Department of Interior.

Anyone who is curious or concerned about the new wave of mining interest throughout much of the western U.P. and the Lake Superior watershed should definitely come to this event to learn more.

Interested in kick-starting the Mining Forum? You can also catch the next “Mining Impacts on Native Lands” Film Screening of Tar Creek on Wednesday, May 9th, 6pm at the Ojibwa Casino Chippewa Room. Tar Creek is a must see highlighting significant environmental devastation from one of the world’s largest lead and zinc mines in northeastern Oklahoma.

For more information, contact Jessica Koski, KBIC Mining Technical Assistant, at 524-5757 ext. 25. 



Friday, May 11th
1pm Welcome and Opening Prayer
Keynote by Mike Wiggins Jr., Chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Lessons from the Crandon Mine by Tina VanZile of the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community
Historical Environmental Impacts of Mining in the Lake Superior Basin by Mike Ripley of the Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority
4:30pm Sand Point Stamp Sands Restoration Tour (optional)
6:00pm Community Potluck Dinner & Drumming

Saturday, May 12th
Sunrise Water Ceremony
Light Breakfast
9am Opening Remarks
Lake Superior Basin Mining Overview by the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
U.P. Mining Updates & Issues by Chuck Brumleve, Environmental Mining Specialist for the KBIC
Student & Community Presentations
12-1pm Lunch
Sulfide Mining Policy & Regulation by Michelle Halley of the National Wildlife Federation
Tribal Natural Resource Damages by Mark Barash with the U.S. Department of Interior
Implications to Treaty Rights by George Newago & Brian Goodwin from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
4:30pm Closing Remarks