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Environmental Racism the focus of talk entitled "The Midwest Mining Rush and Conflicts over Tribal Sovereignty"

November 4, 2013

Al Gedicks, author and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, will present a talk entitled "The Midwest Mining Rush and Conflicts over Tribal Sovereignty: The Mole Lake and Bad River Ojibwe of Lake Superior" on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Willis Hall Room 203. Gedicks' presentation focuses on environmental racism related to mining in the state of Wisconsin. This event is free and open to the public.

Since 1978, Gedicks has served as director of the Center for Alternative Mining Development Policy in Madison, Wisc. The Center is a non-profit public interest mining information and technical assistance service to Indian Tribes and rural communities in the Lake Superior region of northern Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

Additionally, since 1982 Gedicks has served as executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, a statewide, non-profit membership organization concerned with the environmental impacts of metallic mining on the state’s precious water supplies, on the tourism and dairy industries, and upon the many Native American communities that are located near potential mine sites.

Gedicks is also co-founder of the Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining (MCALM), a Wisconsin-based group working to educate communities throughout the state and the Midwest about the devastating effects of large scale mining in El Salvador and northern Wisconsin and to establish solidarity between anti-mining movements in both places.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-5769. Willis Hall is located off College Street on the Carleton campus.