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Re: E-M:/ Tribe joins lawsuit over mercury


Michigan's Native Americans have risen to become model environmental activists over the past few years, with the Little River Band among the top leaders. We need to thoroughly document all the ecological battles that Michigan's natives are pursuing and propagate this knowledge far and wide.

Indians are not Tonto. They are not Chief Okemos either, i.e., "dead and domesticated."

They are indeed sleeping bears, coming out of hibernation. . . .

We must study and refute the dominant notion of Indians as avarice soaking casino capitalists. . .it's not so - Michigan's Indian casino industry is an aberration across the States, as anyone who researches the issue knows well. . .That stereotype seeks to discredit a people who have already endured genocide. 

Casino largess fails to reach most of the 65% of Indians who are urban dwellers. Recent history shows that federal governmental policy coerced tens of thousands off reservations. Indians continue to suffer the worst poverty and unemployment of any ethnic group in the U.S.

All Michiganders need to visit the Saginaw Chippewa's one-year old Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Folkways, which is mind-blowing. . .it won an award from the top museum curator organization for its splendid layout. see:

And then they need to visit Washington DC's new one-year old National Museum of the American Indian, a Smithsonian gem, and one of the best things to happen during the Bush years of proto-fascism (his warmaking is itself a continuation of the manifest destiny ways of our U.S. forebears). see: http://www.nmai.si.edu/

The future is in the present as historian C.L.R. James used to say. . . the route to a new American revolution is in alliance with native peoples'.

The only way out is through. . .

Brian McKenna

In a message dated 8/20/05 10:15:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time, HAMILTREEF@aol.com writes:

Tribe joins lawsuit over mercury

MANISTEE - The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians joined a federal lawsuit challenging an Environmental Protection Agency mercury emission credit program.
   The program would allow power plants to avoid reducing mercury emissions by purchasing pollution credits from a cleaner plant.
   Lee Sprague, Little River's ogema, said the EPA's proposal threatens Great Lakes fisheries and the tribe's treaty-protected fishing rights. Mercury can create a health risk for people who consume fish from the Great Lakes.
   The Little River Band joined numerous other tribes, the National Congress of American Indians and 15 other states in the lawsuit.