Oshikinawe-Ogichidaag Akiing ‘New Warriors for the Earth’ is an Anishinaabe-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering our communities to take positive action to protect Aki, Mother Earth. We are grounded and guided by our Anishinaabe heritage and culture. Our mission is to raise awareness about mining and environmental injustices facing the Western Great Lakes region and Aki. Our initial purpose is to protect our abundant freshwater resources and traditional homelands located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from intrusive multinational mining corporations and hazardous sulfide and uranium mining.
Cory is Anishinaabe and a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Cory is a co-founder of New Warriors for the Earth. He is currently attending Ojibwa Community College and Northern Michigan University. He is the proud father of two sons. Cory is a talented artist and recognized for his work throughout the community. He will be creating a comic narrative of the struggle to protect Eagle Rock and the Yellow Dog Plains from sulfide mining, and work to build the capacity of New Warriors for the Earth.
BooZhoo, Anishinaabe-quay. Nee-gon-e-go-quay Zee-gwun-quay izhinikaaz. Nigig indoodem. Gichi-wiikwedong indoonjiba.
Hello! I am Anishinaabe and I am a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. I have an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Ojibwa Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and Environmental Studies from Michigan Technological University. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where I will graduate this May. I co-founded New Warriors for the Earth in order to help educate and empower our tribal communities in the midst of increasing sulfide and uranium mining interest in the region. Upon graduation from Yale, I will be serving full-time as the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Mining Technical Assistant where I will work to understand proposed mining projects and inform the community. I am also currently a Steering Committee Member for the Western Mining Action Network Great Lakes Caucus and Youth Representative for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Indigenous Peoples Work Group.
Charlotte Loonsfoot (Waabanong-ikwe)
Waabanong-ikwe indizhinikaaz. Ajijaak indoodem. Chi-wiikwedong (KBIC) indoonjiba.
I am from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Baraga, Michigan. I attended Ojibwa Community College where I received an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science and Liberal Studies. I have five children and a grandchild on the way. I got involved with Eagle Rock in 2002 around the time when my dad and other Veterans were protesting against Kennecott in Lansing. On April 21st 2010, my cousin Raymond called me and asked if I was going to Eagle Rock to help support the protest of Cynthia Pryor’s arrest. We talked and I decided to go with the other six people heading out. When we got there, we were the only ones so we decided to come back in two days on a Friday because of work and children. On Friday, I sent out a letter to all Tribal Members to come out and camp with us on top of the proposed Eagle Mine portal which is a few yards from the base of Eagle Rock. We camped for five and a half weeks before another tribal member and I were obtained and arrested. I have returned to my community and have worked to help inform tribal members why and how this mine could potentially pollute our beautiful clean water for many generations to come. I am involved in our culture, our way of life, and I am commited to protecting the water for the next generations to come.
Casey grew up in rural central Michigan along side many Anishinaabe people and he has Metis ancestry. He is a member of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) which is an international union dedicated to workplace democracy and social justice. Casey participated in the occupation of Eagle Rock during the summer of 2010 in support of the Anishinaabe of the upper Great Lakes. Casey played an important role in the start-up of New Warriors for the Earth and our gatherings and ceremony. He also represented our concerns at the US Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan June 22-25, 2010.