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Public Hearing on Back Forty Wetland Permit - Help Stop the Back 40 Mine
The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin is urging people to make their views known as the Back Forty Mine proposal enters the wetland permitting phase. Make your voice known by attending the public hearing on Back Forty Wetland Permit on January 23, 2018. (Read More)
Earth Day: Menominee Indian Tribe Applauds Conservation Group Naming Menominee River to Top 10 Most Endangered List
In recognition of Earth Day, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin applauds American Rivers, a Washington, D.C.-based conservation group, for naming the Menominee River to its 2017 America’s Most Endangered Rivers List. Each year, the organization names the Top 10 endangered rivers to its list. (Read More)
National Indian Education Association Supports Efforts to Protect Sacred
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) has officially written a letter to support the people of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in their efforts to protect sacred and culturally significant sites as well as the ecosystem impacted by the proposed footprint of the Back Forty Mine Project. (Read More)
Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST) passes Resolution opposing Back 40 Mine
The Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST), an intertribal organization representing the 33 federally recognized tribes and 4 intertribal organizations in the States of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa, unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed Back Forty Mine. Through the MAST impact week in Washington DC, over 50 congressional offices, 3 federal agencies, the National Congress of American Indians and many others were briefed on the dangers of the proposed Back Forty Mine. Read more to view the Resolution. (Read More)
Menominee Indian Tribe of WI Challenges MDEQ Approval of Back Forty Mine Permit
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has formally filed a petition for a contested case hearing on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (MDEQ) approval of the Back Forty Mine Permit issued on December 28, 2016. The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin's petition was filed Friday February 24, 2017 with the Michigan Administrative Hearing Office. The petition for a contested case hearing is teh first step in challenging the MDEQ's decision to approve the mining permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine. (Read More)
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin’s Menominee River NAGPRA Affiliation Claim Confirmed
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has received notification from the University Of Michigan Office Of Research, confirming the Tribe’s cultural affiliation claim with remains from the Backlund Mound and Village Site in Menominee County, Michigan. The cultural affiliation claim was made following the guidelines of the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Following this notification, the Tribe and the University will work together towards the goal of transferring possession of the remains pursuant to NAGPRA and the University’s NAGPRA policies and procedures. (Read More)
Menominee Indian Tribe Calls Approval of Aquila Resources "Back Forty" Mine Permit Absolute failure to protect water, environment, and Tribes Cultural Resources
(Keshena, WI) – The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is saddened and outraged with the final decision made today by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to approve the Aquila Resources mine permit for the Back Forty Mine Project. This decision announced today, on the heels of the New Year’s Eve holiday, marks the age-old problem of the blatant disregard of environmental protection and releasing information during a period when people can’t respond adequately due to holiday breaks. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is charged with a specific duty to fulfill the mandates of the State government, which in the case are to protect and preserve the State of Michigan’s environmental and other natural resources. (Read More)
Sacred Water Walk
The Menominee Tribe's history is unique because our origin or creation begins at the mouth of the Menominee River, a mere 60 miles east of our present Menominee Indian Reservation. This is where our five clans: ancestral Bear, Eagle, Wolf, Moose, and Crane were created. Not many tribes in this region can attest to a fact their origin place exists close or near to their present reservation. This is where our history begins. In November 2014, Tribal members and the Marinette Community reseeded the Menominee River with our ancient staple, Wild Rice. Just one month later, Aquila Resources, Inc applied for a Mining Permit a few miles upstream from our sacred place of origin. Join the people in a Sacred Water Walk on April 23, 2016. The walk will begin from Keshena Falls, on the Menominee Indian Reservation. We continue to speak our language and practice our traditions and our traditional religion. Spiritually, we continue to speak with our creator through tobacco, prayers, and other offerings. We will continue to survive because we are a sovereign nation, a nation that refused to be pushed from our territory, a nation that will remain strong and independent. We are 'Kiash Matchitiwuk' The Ancient One's. For More information on the Menominee River Water Walk, visit (Read More)
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