The mining issue has been portrayed as a lifestyle killer and the end of clean drinking water for that area. The usual groups have been objecting to the potential for adverse impact to the water – environmentalists, democrats and the Indian tribes. Especially the Bad River Chippewa’s. In a letter posted to a blog, Bad River Chairman Wiggins declared, “without our wild rice and Kakagon Sloughs, we won’t live.” Naturally, not to be outdone, democrat State Rep. Nick Milroy had to weigh in for the soon to be oppressed, at one legislative hearing on the mine, “Wild rice is the Eucharist of the Ojibwa people. If we take that away from them, we take away everything that they believe in.”
Eucharist? That’s central to Catholic’s. So it must be very important!
Let’s take these people at their word. Water is central to their lifestyle and in fact it’s fundamental to their belief system. Infringe on the cleanliness of their water and you’re attacking their religion. Understood.
BUT … Media Trackers in an article released today titled “EPA Data Points to Clean Water Act Violations by Bad River Chippewa” points out the Bad River Chippewa’s have numerous Clean Water Act violations over several years on their own reservation. Whoa! They’re violating their own “Eucharist”?
As they pontificate on the POTENTIAL for problems and the end to their belief system via a mine that’s miles away, they’re ACTUALLY violating the Clean Water Act on their own reservation.
If the Chippewa’s claim that a mine should not open based on POTENTIAL damage, does that mean their casino should close for ACTUALLY doing the damage? What is the price to be paid for violating a tribe’s “Eucharist”?
I’m waiting for Chairman Wiggins press release recommending penalties for this serious religious violation.