U.S. Distress Flag Hung at
Sacred Eagle Rock To Protest
EPA ruling favorable for Kennecott Minerals
It’s a Sad Fourth of July Gift From the Government to the Creator and others protecting environment
Distress Flag: An upside down flag was hung at sacred Eagle Rock in protest of EPA’s favorable ruling for Kennecott Minerals, according to standfortheland.com blog.
Indian Country Today story: EPA gives OK to Kennecott permit withdrawal, warns the company to continue negotiation with opponents on ways to reduce environment damage.
ALSO Interfaith fasting and prayer event all-day near Eagle Rock on Lake Superior Day (Sun., July 18 sunrise to sunset)
Governor Granholm’s “Empty Gesture” regarding Sacred Eagle Rock:
Please read our latest story in July 7 digital issue of Indian Country Today
Front page of News from the Nations
Pages 7 and 8
From Standfortheland.com blog:
Eagle Rock Distress Flag Hung in Observance of Independence Day
Today, we received word that an American flag was hung upside down from a jack pine on Eagle Rock in observance of the Fourth of July and in response to the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to let Rio Tinto-Kennecott, a foreign corporation, decide for itself that it doesn’t need required permits to take over public land.
We received two anonymous quotes explaining that, “Our government is giving land away, everything is going to hell and we’re in distress”
“The flag represents three things, the people, the land, and the constitution, which is simply a statement o f the people who live on the land.
Currently, I feel all three are in great distress.
This is what the upside down flag hanging at Eagle Rock means to me.”
While the EPA and MI government celebrate the Fourth of July by giving away our public land to foreign corporations, remember that freedom in our country was won through the hearts and back breaking efforts of courageous people willing to take a stand.
Our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness cannot be accomplished without clean air, water and public land, which cannot coincide with sulfide mining near the Great Lakes.
If you’re looking for something to do for the holiday, we encourage you to take a trip out to Eagle Rock, where the flag flies as a symbol, a simple reminder, of those brave people who have stood up for us throughout history, to protect our constitutional rights from corporate interests, big government and big money.
May we all courageously follow in their foot steps.
In other environment news:
Reminder nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute annual Midsummer Festival is 5-7 p.m. on Wed., July 14 at the Presque Isle Pavillion to honor efforts to protect pollinators and Native Plants restoration.
A celebration of the Zaagkii Wings and Seeds Project and the new native plants solar power greenhouse at KBIC *(see this month’s Marquette Monthly story on greenhouse) and an ongoing Zaagkii Project initiative by interns from the NMU Center for Native American studies (April Lindala’s crew)
Or call Jon Magnuson at 906-228-5494