Cynthia Pryor: Arrest at proposed mine site sparks Encampment

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (May 2nd, 2010)  

An anti-mining activist Cynthia Pryor was out walking on what she claims is public land when she was arrested at a proposed Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) metallic sulfide mine near Big Bay, Michigan. She was near a sacred site known as Eagle Rock (Migiziwasin) in Ojbiwe ceded territory.

She was charged with trespass and released after spending two days in the Marquette County jail.

After her arrest two Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) woman Charlotte Loonsfoot and Chalsea Smith slept overnight in their cars at the arrest site. 

The next day a sacred fire was kindled, lodges erected, food brought in, and ceremonies commenced.

The campers say they will not tolerate RTZ establishing a fence around the sacred site.

"I was on state land when I was arrested and I have every right to be there."



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