Sunday, May 23, 2010

Protect the Great Lakes

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2010
Cynthia Pryor - (906) 360-2414
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve - (906) 345-9223
Drew Nelson – (616) 706-2539

Drew Nelson releases ‘Eagle Rock - Song of the People” in support of those protecting their sacred site from harm

Drew Nelson, singer songwriter, has written a song that calls to all of us who wish to protect our lands from any action that would injure it. Drew who is from Michigan , understands our water rich place and has embraced this cause against a metallic sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains - located in the beautiful remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior .

Currently, Rio Tinto second largest mining conglomerate in the world proposes a copper/nickel mine under the Salmon Trout River on the Yellow Dog Plains. The proposed mine, disrespectfully called “Eagle” is on state and public land that our government has put in the hands of this multi-national corporation for their private gain. On this state land there is a rock - a three acre outcrop that is the only high spot on the Yellow Dog Plains. This rock is Migi zii wa sin or Eagle Rock that is a sacred site to the Anishinaabe of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Eagle Rock was scheduled and approved by the state of Michigan to be the portal to this mine.

The event that precipitated the arrest of Cynthia Pryor and the occupation of Eagle Rock by three courageous women - Charlotte Loonsfoot, Chalsey Smith and Georgeana Earring was the beginning of the fencing in of Eagle Rock by Rio Tinto. These are all women of the water who did what they had to do to help stop this mine.

Drew wrote this song in honor of the bravery of those who now occupy Migi zii wa sin and who are not leaving. Drew presents this song with these words:
I have written a new song called 'Eagle Rock (song for the people)" and it will be made available for FREE to everyone. All I ask is you visit these sites, educate your self about what is going on and PLEASE make a donation to those brave heroes who are holding off one of the largest and most egregious violators of indigenous peoples and our mother the earth.

Drew signs his name lower case and as ‘human being’. This is not about any one person but together represents all the brave spirits and human beings that care. We thank all who wish to help and as you listen to this song - think about those people on the ground, in harm’s way, who have taken their stand - there at Eagle Rock.

For more information about Eagle Rock and how you can help, go to these sites:;; and also visit Drew Nelson's website at

Wendy Johnson
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
PO Box 5
Big Bay, MI 49808
(906) 345-9223
(906) 361-5179 (Wendy's cell)


BirchLeaf Designs - Wendy and Mojo said...

Thanks Sara, for posting this! Our waters are so precious...this issue may be miniscule to the recent oil spill, however we can nip this one in the bud by educating the public and getting involved! Our fresh water needs to be's all we got!

The Sitting Tree said...

Thank you so much for enlightening us! We spend so much time along the shores of Lake Superior and to know things like this are happening is appalling. We will be vacationing around the Great Lakes this year. Hopefully, we'll make our way around to the UP for a visit:)

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

thank you for sharing!
i can't imagine allowing something like this to damage those crystal clear Superior waters.