Target: Keith Creagh, Michigan Natural Resources Director
Goal: Give back the land that rightfully belongs to Native American tribes in Michigan.
The Native Americans in the United States have been short-changed in many aspects of their lives, especially in terms of their claim to land that rightfully belongs to them. A group of Native American tribes recently lost in their struggle to save their 10,000 acres of public land in Michigan. The public land was ruthlessly sold off to Graymont Mining Co., a Canadian mining company. This transaction violates the 1836 Treaty of Washington, which granted American Indians “the usual privileges of occupancy” of the land. Groups advocating for the preservation of the rights entitled by the treaty are calling this transaction unconstitutional.
The decision to sell off the land was met with much opposition, but the land was ultimately sold. The Canadian mining company is seeking to use the land for underground mineral rights to build a limestone mine. Numerous consequences may arise from this transaction, including the displacement of jobs in forestry and disruption of fishing, hunting, and gathering activities of the tribes.
The Native American tribes in Michigan are getting some support from environmental groups, such as the Sierra Group and Save the Wild U.P. These groups are working with the tribes in Michigan to stop the transaction from going through and to urge officials to honor the rights outlined in the 1836 treaty.
Please sign the petition below to urge the state officials to give back the public land to the Native Americans. Native Americans have endured insurmountable injustice, especially through being forced to relocate from their homelands. The land is rightfully theirs, and violating the 1836 Treaty of Washington treaty to sell the land to a foreign oil company is violating the Native Americans’ human rights and is simply inexcusable.
Dear Keith Creagh,
It was quite disheartening to hear about the selling of the 10,000 acres of public land to Graymont Mining Co. This transaction violates the 1836 Treaty of Washington. The Native American tribes in Michigan have fought hard to maintain and reclaim many of their rights, and transferring this vast amount of land to a foreign mining company greatly undermines the hard work that went into the tribes’ cause.
Please return the land rightfully back to the Native American tribes in Michigan. Violating treaties reflects injustice in the legal system, which is supposed to help and protect people. This also hurts the Native American tribes that simply want to claim what is rightfully theirs in this case.
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