Help Stop the Back Forty Mine!

All who are concerned about respect for all faith traditions and all who care about our fragile environment are invited to get involved in an important struggle.

The land that is most sacred to the Menominee Tribe is threatened with desecration. Plans are underway to turn the pristine forest into a gaping, open pit mine that would threaten to contaminate land and rivers in Michigan and Wisconsin.

At their annual retreat, WISDOM leaders voted unanimously to make it a priority to stand with our brothers and sisters of the Menominee Nation in opposition to the planned “Back Forty” sulfide mine that would be built right on the land where the Menominee creation story takes place, a land with dozens of cultural and burial sites. The pit would come to within 50 yards of the Menominee River.

Please join in a prayer service to stand with the Menominee and against the Back Forty Mine:
Saturday, February 11, 11:30 am
Stephenson Island, Marinette, WI

For more information, contact WISDOM organizer Guy Reiter at

Whether or not you can make it to Marinette on the 11th, let us know if you would be willing to be part of a statewide group that will learn, strategize and act on this important issue. WISDOM is in the process of forming a statewide “Environmental Task Force,” which will focus on the Back Forty Mine issue.

Finally, this issue will be one of the areas we will deal with at WISDOM’s Madison Action Day on March 30. The proposed mine is actually just across the state line into Michigan. The Menominee River is the border. Still, Wisconsin cannot be allowed to stay out of the process. Toxic byproducts that seep into the river flow into Wisconsin, eventually down to Green Bay. Not only are Wisconsin’s natural resources endangered by the mine, but Wisconsin’s first residents are directly and seriously harmed.

We cannot stand by idly and claim it is not our problem.

Download a flyer for the Back Forty Prayer Vigil here.
Download a flyer for Madison Action Day here.

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