Drew is honored to join hands with the Michigan Native and Non Native community on the Michigan State Capital Thursday June 3rd. steps to sing his song Eagle Rock (Song for the People) in protest of the proposed mining operation on the Yellow Dog River Plains and fight for religious freedom for ALL people. Please come join us!! Thinking about the fact that June 3rd is just two days shy of his 39th birthday Drew remarked “…It may have taken me a while but it’s time for me to put back some good in the world. I can’t do a lot but I can sing.” Please come join us!!
Sulfide Mining Kills Rivers!
Below is the schedule from the Stand for the land website. (www.standfortheland.com)
We in the U.P. are coming to Lansing to hand deliver an Environmental Justice petition to our Governor and to talk to the Natural Resources Commission about the Eagle Mine Project. We will be talk about the use of state public lands for private gain. We will talk about Eagle Rock – a sacred site of the Anishinaabe. We will talk about Treaty Rights. We will talk about rights of communities that have been violated through the lack of engagment from permitting agencies in the permitting of the Eagle Mine on the Yellow Dog Plains in Marquette County.
We need you there. Period. We need you there. A contingency of U.P. residents, native and non-native, are coming to the Michigan Capitol steps on June 3rd – next Thursday – at 11:00 am. We will have music, speakers, banners, etc. – now we need you! We need folks from downstate to rally for us. Bring a sign – any sign will do. We need the color BLUE and you. Make a blue flag that stands for our water.
11:00 am Meet on Capitol Lawn
11:30 am Reading of the Environmental Justice Petition
Reading aTribal Rights Statement
Eagle Rock – sung by Drew Nelson
Other Voices Joining In
2:00 pm Deliver the petitions and Tribal Rights Statement
to the Governor’s office
3:00 pm Walk to Natural Resources Commission Meeting –
333 E. Michigan Ave – Lansing Center
Please distribute to all lists and notify all groups that could possibly attend. We need people, people, people! This may be the one chance for folks in lower Michigan to physically help this cause. Please, please come. Please come to honor those who are fighting for our water, our land and our rights to free expression.
My thanks to you – for all you have done,
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
This morning I witnessed a scene that I hoped I never would. As most of you know, a group of citizens, both tribal and non, have been occupying the land known as Eagle Rock for over a month now. They have tents up, a cooking shelter, a sacred fire, and flags flying in the wind at the top of the rock. I traveled to the Rock around 8:30am this Thursday morning but was met by a police officer blockading a public road, County Road AAA, with his squad car. We parked and continued toward the Rock on foot. As we passed, I asked what right he had to block the public off. The officer informed me that the State Police gave him authority to block off a county road and state land. We continued pass the officer on foot and arrived at the encampment. Within five minutes, three officials that work for Kennecott showed up and issued everyone with letters. Matt Johnson, a former aid to Governor Granholm, began by stating that he was so happy to be “working” with this group. He continued with a statement about the land being a construction zone and their need to meet federal safety laws. They asked the group to leave and we all refused. Johnson said they would be forced to have police intervention. We sat back down around the sacred fire for awhile while the police were assembling just beyond Eagle Rock. Some of us put tobacco on the fire, some of us stoked the fire to keep it burning. About 15 state troopers appeared after awhile and informed us that they were just “doing there job”. I’ve heard that so many times it makes me sick. They asked who going to walk out and who wasn’t. Chris Chosa stepped up and stated they would have to remove him if they wanted him gone. Charlotte Loonsfoot watched from above as she was praying on top of Eagle Rock. Police told the group that no filming or cameras were allowed during the arrest. We refused and kept filming. Many members of the group stated that they had no right to be enforcing corporate law and we were enforcing citizen law. This all happened with Matt Johnson, Kennecott spokesman, hiding in the bushes on looking as police swarmed around the small group. After strong words were exchanged, four of the group walked out voluntarily, many in tears. Chosa and Loonsfoot were cuffed and driven to jail as the rest sat on the roadside in the blueberry bushes, watching a company that was ready and poised to build a fence immediately after we were removed.
Now, here we are. Please look through the pictures and videos. This is not the time to give up. Keep checking back for more information as the situation unfolds. Keep everyone in your mind and help when you can. We will keep everyone up to speed.
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
This is the most important letter I’ve ever sent you. I want to tell you about something going on very close to my heart. The proposed Eagle Sulfide mine in the Upper Peninsula of my home Michigan poses a threat to every living thing in the Yellow Dog River watershed.
The company proposes to blast under a trout stream and through a sacred rock outcrop called Eagle Rock by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Furthermore, the mine is proposed on public land and only 10 miles from Lake Superior. Kennecott’s project could pave the way to a metallic sulfide and uranium mining district throughout Michigan’s wild Upper Peninsula. The situation recently escalated with the unlawful arrest of local Big Bay citizen, Cynthia Pryor for “trespassing” on public lands, which spurred members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to occupy Eagle Rock.
I have written a new song called ‘Eagle Rock (song for the people)” and it will be made available for FREE to everyone. All I ask is you visit these sites, educate your self about what is going on and PLEASE make a donation to those brave heros who are holding off one of the largest and most egregious violators of indigenous peoples and our mother the earth.
THIS IS NOT A LOCAL PROBLEM IT IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM. Jessica Koski, a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community spoke at Rio Tinto’s shareholders meeting in London as were people from Calfornia, Madagascar, West Paupa, China, Namibia, Indonesia, and Bougainville Island. Please Listen to the song .. give it away and tell others what is going on. Please help me stand up for a river and the people at Eagle Rock!
Listen: Learn: Donate.
Eagle Rock (song for the people)