Detroit News Spreads Misinformation for Rio Tinto/Kennecott Minerals as the evil company destroys the once peaceful Yellow Dog Plains, desecrates an Ojibwa religious site and threatens to pollute Lake Superior with sulfuric acid and other toxic waste

Detroit News supports doing business in the Upper Peninsula with a mining company accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and bribery

Groups pray Rio Tinto/Kennecott Minerals will stop raping the Yellow Dog Plains and desecrating sacred Eagle Rock

Detroit News duped by – or in bed with – an evil mining company that spins false information into pseudo facts

I was shocked to see that the Detroit News would favor a mining project that will have few benefits and allow one of the world’s worst polluters to leave a mess behind in seven years (life of mine) while destroying sacred Eagle Rock.

Rio Tinto has also been charged with war crimes, human rights violations, bribery and other crimes across the globe.

The Detroit News editorial wrongly claimed the company is respecting a very old Anishinaabe/Ojibwa sacred site for Native American tribe rituals, religious ceremonies.

Below on the left is the infamous editorial that proves the Detroit News does not know their facts about the sulfide “acid” nickel mine being built in northern Michigan – and sounds like it was written by a mining company PR person.

In fact, Rio Tinto/Kennecott Minerals will be dynamiting through sacred Eagle Rock to make the entrance of the mine (They already bulldozed the area directly around Eagle Rock).

To the Ojibwa, it is the same as dynamiting through a large church/cathedral in any city across Michigan.

Many people are expressing outrage about the editorial – on the left below are a few examples.

It’s an undisputed fact that the Rio Tinto/Kennecott has one of the most dismal environmental records in the world.

Rio Tinto/Kennecott have a track record of deciding it is less costly to leave a mess and possibly face litigation – than simply clean up their toxic waste.

Ex-Governor Granholm and Governor Snyder have refused to answer questions about their (or close family) financial ties to the project including campaign donations, favorable land deals, luxury trips, wining and dining, stocks and bonds, any and all gratuities from the companies or their representatives like lobbyists, others, etc.

As a correspondent for Indian Country Today, I submitted those questions to all the candidates for governor – and ex-Gov. Granholm – all refused to comment (It would be easy to say they had no financial connections but instead refused to comment – talk about red flags).

The mining company also uses dirty tricks – like redesigning a water system to be above ground (in the severe U.P. winters) to avoid the federal clean water act regulations.

Plus two Ojibwa campers charged with trespassing were not allowed to present a defense – literally told they could not present the defense they planned. Ironically, the judge’s name is extremely close to “Kangaroo” as in Kangaroo Court.

The Detroit News editorial sounds like it was written by a Kennecott PR person.

I understand why the small U.P. newspapers (who get mine advertising) have not done investigative stories – but am disillusioned about Michigan truly having a “free press” now that the Detroit News would write this puff editorial.

It means Michigan’s largest newspaper have sold-out their environmental morals to an international mining company.

Shame on the Detroit News for selling out – which begs the question how much advertising has it received or been promised from Rio Tinto or any of its companies/lobbyists (minions).

Even with tough times at the major newspapers, I never thought the Detroit News would not investigate before printing Rio Tinto/Kennecott claims.

The above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to scandalous info about this project – a few headlines:

  • State allows DEQ/DNR financially going into bed with the mining company by allowing its employees to set up a non-profit using state addresses, state labor and state materials.
  • DEQ/DNR hides a state-paid expert safety report critical of the project – stating major concerns over whether a vital trout stream would collapse into the mine. That type of disaster would send a huge amount of sulfuric acid downstream into Lake Superior.
  • During a reshuffle of the DNR/DEQ agencies – an interim boss approves mine permit despite serious objections from a state administrative law judge and others.
  • Only half of the 150 employees will be locally hired.
  • Company admits they will make billions in profits because of the size of the world record nickel deposit – but the state itself and local government tills will only get a small fraction of that cash.
  • That’s why many have accused the company of making side deals with U.P. elected officials and others with decision powers – exactly like when Rio Tinto got caught and convicted of bribing China officials and other similar allegations in other countries. In fact, the country of Norway has banned any business with Rio Tinto due to environmental concerns.

Native Americans continued their fight against the acid mine (click on photos to read):

Stop sulfide “acid” mining in northern Michigan:

God help protect the Upper Peninsula and rescue us from the many evil mining companies that will be shorted lived but leave behind centuries worth of toxic waste

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I am a news reporter, writer and investigative journalist and began my career about 40 years ago as a young teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during the middle of high school. I'm a news reporter, writer & investigative journalist specializing in street news, plus Indigenous, civil rights & environment reporting. Currently volunteer media advisor for numerous American Indian & environment related nonprofits that include the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ & its executive director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute (CTI) in Marquette, MI & its many projects founded by Rev. Jon Magnuson, Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI, Celtic Christianity Today (CCT) founded by Rev. Dr. George Cairns, the Turtle Island Project founded by pastors Hubbard & Cairns. In its third summer, the CTI Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project & its volunteers built a16-foot geodesic dome solar-powered greenhouse that was built in this summer at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) in an effort to restore native species plants to northern Michigan. It's located at the tribe's Natural Resources Department north of L'Anse along Lake Superior. During the summer of 2010, Zaagkii Project teens built & painted 25 beautiful reliquaries that are boxes made from pine & cedar that are used to store seeds for planting & included samples of Native American medicine including sweetgrass, cedar, sage & tobacco. From April-June 2009, I promoted the EarthKeeper Tree Project that planted 12,000 trees across northern Michigan. Co-edited "Unafraid," the second book by Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI that was printed in May 2009 based on her father's handwritten sermons she found in shoebox. I edited numerous videos for nonprofit CCT. Began career 35 years ago as teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during middle of high school. I was co-coordinator of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by local media who didn't report anything positive about the music icon. Mr. Terence Dicks was the other co-coordinator & most recently served as chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission and serves on the Georgia Clients Council. Mr. Brown taught us to "fight the good fight" by battling all forms of racism & evil while not uttering a bad word about those who try to block justice, respect, fairness & kindness to all. As a child, I lived in the Harbert, Michigan home built by late poet Carl Sandburg, where the legendary author penned some of his greatest works including his Chicago works & Lincoln papers. The four-story home had a sundeck on the top & a cool walk-in safe in the basement. The neighborhood (Birchwood) has numerous cottages used for other purposes by Sandburg like the milk house where they milked goats. My parents remodeled fourth floor of the home that stands atop the Lake Michigan sand dunes/bluffs. They found items that belonged to Mr. Sandburg concealed in the walls including prescription bottles with his name, reading glasses, & a small, thin metal stamp with his name. I've worked for dozens of newspapers & radio & TV stations in GA & MI. I'm volunteer media advisor for several interfaith environmental projects involving Native Americans across Upper Peninsula of MI including the Turtle Island Project, The Zaagkii Project, the Interfaith Earth Healing Initiative, EarthKeeper Initiative & the Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project. The Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project restores bee & butterfly habitat to help pollination of plants following death of billions of bees. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community youth & Marquette teens built butterfly houses, planted/distributed 26,000 native plants to help pollinators. The Earth Healing Initiative assisted EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge. EHI helped organize interfaith participation across eight states for the 100 plus recycling projects (April 2008) involving recycling millions of pounds of electronic waste & proper disposal of millions of pills/pharmaceuticals. EPA goals were exceeded by 500%. Under an EPA grant, EHI provided free media services for the cities/groups/tribes including videos & press releases. The EarthKeeper environment projects include an annual Earth Day Clean Sweep (2005-2007) at 24 free drop-off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan that collected over 370 tons of household hazardous waste. The 2007 EarthKeeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep collected over one ton of drugs plus $500,000 in narcotics in only three hours. Some 2,000 residents participated & many brought in pharmaceuticals for their family, friends & neighbors. In 2006, 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones & other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons & vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project teaches teens to respect nature & themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to remote lakes & streams in northern Michigan to plant/care for wild rice. The teens test water quality to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. The Turtle Island Project was co-founded in July 2007 by Rev. Lynn Hubbard of Rock Point, AR (Ex. Dir. of the Navajo Lutheran Mission) & Rev. Dr. George Cairns of Chesterton, IN, United Church of Christ minister & research professor for the Chicago Theological Seminary. TIP promotes respect for culture & heritage of indigenous peoples like American Indians. TIP is a platform for American Indians to be heard unedited by whites. Rev. Hubbard says whites don't have the knowledge or right to speak on behalf of Native Americans. I specialize in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops & courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the books "Illusions" & "Jonathon Livingston Seagull." Love to fish, hunt, camp & skydive. Belong to Delta Chi national fraternity. I was active in Junior Achievement, band played cornet. With my dear friend, the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, we were the co-coordinators of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by the local media who found no reasons to print or report anything positive about the music icon. I am honored to help the human rights activist Terence Dicks - with some of his projects including the nonprofit Georgia Center for Children and Education - and the economic initiative he founded titled "Claiming A Street Named King." I am the volunteer media advisor for several environmental projects across Michigan's Upper Peninsula including EarthKeeper II - an Initiative of the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI. EarthKeepers II is an Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Goals: Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins like Airborne Mercury in cooperation with the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, 10 faith traditions and Native American tribes like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Previously known as the Earth Keeper Initiative - that project included many environmental projects including an annual Earth Day Clean sweep at two dozen free drop off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan. The target of the 2007 Earth Keeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep are all kinds of medicines. In 2006, some 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones and other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons and vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project taught at-risk teens (just sentenced in juvenile court) to respect nature and themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to very remote lakes and streams in northern Michigan to plant and care for wild rice. The teens conducted water quality and other tests to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. I have always specialized in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops and courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the book "Illusions."
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