In 2014, a battle was taking place in Northern Wisconsin over a proposed iron mine. This proposed Taconite mine in the Penokee Range would have been the largest open-pit iron-ore mine in the world. In addition, the proposed mine is situated upstream from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ native land. This posed an incredible risk to the health of their land and people, and people from around the state and beyond joined them in opposing this environmental devastation.
This print celebrates the the strength the tribe has shown towards past environmental and mining issues, utilizing source materials from a successful railroad blockade in 1996 demonstrating the power of Indigenous rights in environmentalism and linking that victory to the contemporary struggle.