For the better part of thirty years, a mining project near Crandon, Wisconsin, was pursued by multi-national corporations. A struggle to permanently block mining there intensified during the last decade of the 20th century.In 2002, the project was finally closed when the site was purchased by a coalition of Native American Tribes. Important changes in tribal environmental
powers and the ability of tribes to exercise those powers contributed to the mines’ final closure.
This presentation will focus on these environmental policy changes. It will explore the ways in which tribal authorities, working with the Environmental Protection Agency, worked to implement stringent environmental standards both for the benefit of their people and for the benefit of their reservation environments. It will also demonstrate how, in doing so, they made it impossible for the Crandon Mine Project to proceed.
Matthew Mundell, ’08 Muscatine, IA
Sponsor: Mary Olson