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Posted-Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 09:56:51 -0500 (CDT)
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 09:55:32 -0500
Subject: WI tribe becomes first in US to support Cross Lake
From: "Ann Stewart"
To: Mark Anderson

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has become the first US tribe to pass a resolution against the 250-mile long, 345 kV transmission line being proposed by Minnesota Power and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. Their "hydro history," opposition to the line, support for Cross Lake and the recognition that there are alternatives make this a model resolution for other organizations.

If you are so inclined, letters of support can be sent to the Tribal Governing Board, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (fax 715-634-4797; they do not have email).


Resolution No. 99-91

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized American Indian Tribe, organized pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, 25 U.S.C. Section 462, et. seq; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board is the governing body of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians pursant to the Lac Courte Oreilles Constitution: Article III; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has inhabited the lands and waters of Northern Wisconsin on the Lac Couerte Oreilles Indian Reservation since time immemorial and;

WHEREAS, the Lac Courtes Oreille Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has experienced social and environmental devastation from the flooding of its lands and waters as a result of a hydroelectric project built sixty years ago; and

WHEREAS, the hydroelectric project has never been subjected to comprehensive social and environmental assessments; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians lost a large part of its traditional economic subsistence of hunting, fishing and trapping base; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has learned that a 250-mile, 345 kV transmission line is being proposed by Minnesota Power and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation to carry bulk power from Manitoba Hydro through Sawyer County and other jurisdictions in Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, high power transmission lines have been shown to increase cases of childhool leukemia and have shown to increase cancer rates in general; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has a higher than usual rate of cancer, which may increase due to proposed transmission lines; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is aware that our brothers and sisters of Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Manitoba, Canada, have suffered the loss of their traditional ways of life and the destruction of vast areas of the lands and waters of northern Manitoba which they have inhabited since time immemorial; and

WHEREAS, Pimicikamak Cree Nation is living daily amid the environmental devastation caused by flooding or rendering inaccessible more than 3,000,000 acres of its traditional territory; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians recognizes that flooding one of North America╣s largest boreal forests has resulted in methyl mercury contamination of the Cree people and the fish, aquatic mammals and animals such as moose, that depend upon northern waters for their existence; and also the release of immeasurable quantities of the powerful greenhouse gas, methane, into the atmosphere; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is aware that Pimicikamak Cree Nation continues to suffer very high rates of crime, violence, substance abuse, suicide, and mass poverty and unemployment (reported to be among the highest in Canada); and that its youth are in despair because they have no future; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is aware that the Premier of Manitoba (its Governor) has recently asked Manitoba Hydro (a state corporation) to double its exports to the United States, which will result in the building of more generating stations, transmission lines, reservoirs, northern roads, and more flooding and environmental destruction; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians recognizes that there are alternative methods for the generation of electricity that cause less harm to the environment, and in particular, to the indigenous peoples who depend upon the lands, waters and animals for economic, cultural and spiritual subsistence; and

WHEREAS, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, while recognizing the importance of electricity to the economic well-being of the state of Wisconsin, also believes that the full social and environmental costs of electricity generation must be included in its purchase price; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians strongly opposes the construction of transmission lines anywhere on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation that will result in more harm to the peoples Lac Courte Oreilles as well as to the lands, waters and peoples of Wisconsin; and

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians calls for greatly increased investments by tribal, local, state and national governments, as well as by individuals and corporate and institutional entities in energy conservation and genuinely renewable energy sources in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, to displace the "need" to purchase additional environmentally and socially destructive electricity from Manitoba Hydro; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians strongly opposes the building of transmission lines in the territory ceded in the treaties of 1836, 1837 and 1842 where Lac Courte Oreilles people hunt, fish and gather for their subsistence.


CERTIFICATION

I, the undersigned, as Secretary Treasurer of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board, hereby certify that the Tribal Governing Board is composed of seven (7) members, of whom being present, constituted a quorum at a meeting thereof, duly called, convened, and held on the 20th day of Sept. 1999; that the foregoing resolution was duly adopted at said meeting by an affirmative vote of 3 members, 0 agains, 0 abstaining, ad that said resolution has not been rescinded or amended in any way.

Don Carley / Secretary Treasurer
Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board




Now Therefore Be It Resolved:

That Lac Courte Oreille Nation strongly opposes the construction of transmission lines anywhere in Wisconsin that will result in more harm to Pimickamak Cree Nation, as well as to the lands, waters and peoples of Wisconsin;

That Lac Courte Oreille Nation calls for greatly increased investments by tribal, local, state and national governments, as well as by individuals and corporate and institutional entities, in energy conservation and genuinely renewable energy sources in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, to displace the │need▓ to purchase additional environmentally and socially destructive electricity from Manitoba Hydro;

That such investments will result in local job creation, training and permanent employment, and greater reliability and self-sufficiency for tribal members and for the citizens of Wisconsin, rather than the │export▓ of these jobs to Manitoba, as well as having the people and tribes of Wisconsin dependent upon hundreds of miles of transmission lines for their electricity;

That Lac Courte Oreille Nation will communicate this resolution to the following: