Billionaire vs. The Bad River Tribe… and many residents of Northern Wisconsin.. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/08/chippewa-tribe-mining/2772899/ Chris Cline, corrupt billionaire’s yacht: “Mine Games”
Some of you may recall a speech I made way back when we had the Public Speaking class. Seems like ages ago, doesn’t it? I talked about a proposed mine in Northern Wisconsin, which is still an issue. I found out about it through social media, namely Facebook. Had it not been for the power of social media, I may still not know about it. I have informed people that spend time in the area, as it is a valuable and popular region for recreation, hunting, skiing, hiking and other outdoor activities.
A somewhat organized group had been trying to spread the word about what is going on up there, mostly through a few Facebook pages as well as encampments, organized events, public awareness campaigns held in various venues. And again, the same group of right-wing trolls have been attempting to discredit and disrupt the anti-mine campaign by creating Facebook pages and blogs. I’ve found that some of these people have up to a dozen Facebook accounts each, with fake names and profiles. And some of the accounts have been active for over 5 years, have been reported many times, yet Facebook lets them remain. So if you have more than one account, don’t worry about it. I have two myself, one is inactive but I’m keeping it.
But to the issue mentioned, the Facebook page has brought many people together and informed them of this issue. There is quite a bit of misinformation out there, and sometimes social media accentuates it, but in some cases it can provide the truth. The proposed mine would ruin the watershed that feeds the Bad River, and the Bad River Reservation’s residents would no longer have clean water, bountiful fisheries and wetlands for gathering Manoomin, or Wild Rice. The Bad River flows into the Chequamegon bay of Lake Superior.
This seal of the Territory of Wisconsin contains the phrase “Civilitas Successitt Barbarum” which means Civilization has replaced Barbarism. An insult to the native people who were considered savages by the people who then tried to commit genocide on them through various barbaric means. GJB