We are the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, a federally recognized Indian Tribe that is indigenous to the Great Lakes Region, including what is now known as Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Our sacred place of origin exists at the mouth of the Menominee River located near the modern day border cities of Menominee, MI and Marinette, WI.
It was here where the Ancestral Bear emerged from the river and was transformed by the Creator into the first Menominee, The Menominee continued to live in this area for thousands of years resulting in numerous sacred sites and burial mounds up and down the Menominee River - including the area of the proposed Back Forty Mine.
The Back Forty Mine Project is a proposed open pit mine that would utilize extraction and removal processes for particulates of gold, zinc, copper, and silver. As demonstrated by many similar mines, these processes include the use of cyanide, which have historically caused detrimental impacts to the water, environment, wildlife, animals, and cultural properties. The proposed open pit would sit a mere 150 feet from the banks of the Menominee River in Lake Township, MI.
Much like our brothers and sisters in the NODAPL movement we also know that water is essential to life. The Menominee River is, in fact, the very origin of life for Menominee people. It also provides life to Michigan and Wisconsin residents and the natural wildlife within the Great Lakes ecosystem. The Great Lakes and its tributaries, including the Menominee River, are relied on for clean water, religious practices, fishing, economic development, agriculture, and tourism.
We ask you to stand with us today to fight to protect our place of origin, our sacred sites, the environment and the water. We are actively fundraising to support a legal defense to challenge the decisions allowing the proposed Back Forty Mine to go forward and to raise awareness about the proposed mine.
For more information visit www.noback40.org