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E-M:/ Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Takes Stand Against Coal Plants

In an article in the September 1 Tribal Observer, staff writer Marty Curry reports:


“In a unanimous decision by Tribal Council, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has taken a hard line stance on the proposed coal fired power plnats that are slated for construction in surrounding Michigan communities, including a proposed plant in Gratiot County.


“Resolution 08-136 states that “[The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is]…deeply concerned with the unavoidable emission of carbon dioxide, greenhouse gasses, airborne lead, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides and there direct link to ground level ozone or smog, acid rain and their proven hazardous health effects and the relationship to chronic lung diseases such as asthma and emphysema.”


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Concern over climate change led the tribe to host “Global Climate 2008: Update on the Planetary Emergency” on Wednesday this week, and to bring together tribal members from across the state for a one in depth session.


We are deeply appreciative of the actions by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in particular in confronting this critical issue that could effect our state for generations. 


Anne Woiwode



Anne M. Woiwode, State Director

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter - 109 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906  - 517-484-2372    anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org

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