This was made during a battle taking place in Northern Wisconsin over a proposed iron mine. The 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 was situated upstream from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ native land.
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.
The text reads:
“Our fight has just begun. We are just like that Penokee Mountain. We’re not going anywhere”
“We will use every tool in our war chest to defend our water and air”
-Mike Wiggins, Jr., Chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indian