A key environmental and Native rights struggle is currently taking place in northern Wisconsin. The Walker Administration has re-opened Wisconsin to mining interests making the proposed Penokee Mine a disaster in the making. It would be a 4-5 mile long open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills that would devastate the local ecology and the water. Resistance has come from many – most notably the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa.
I made this copyright-free graphic to stand in solidarity with the Bad River Tribe and their fight against the Penokee Mine. It purposely references the Wisconsin fist graphic during the Wisconsin Uprising and suggests that the movement against the mine should capture public attention in the way that the labor movement did. This is partially happening. Dan S. Wang writes, “Focal point in the resistance against the Walker agenda has shifted from grassroots labor to the native peoples. Labor was weakened by its leadership. Much less chance of that happening with Wisconsin’s American Indians.”