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Idle No More Milwaukee Contact: Siobhan Marks smarks@xxlmd.com 414.719.0531

Global Movement “Idle No More” Takes to Milwaukee’s Streets Friday, January 18
Milwaukee, WI — Idle No More, a grassroots movement that began in Canada and has become a worldwide phenomenon, comes to Milwaukee Friday, January 18, 2013. A peaceful march beginning at 11:30 am will start at 4th & Wisconsin and travel east to Lake Michigan shores, ending at Veterans Park. The purpose of Idle No More Milwaukee is to oppose and call attention to proposed mining in northern Wisconsin, and other environmental causes threatened by proposed legislation, and to show solidarity with indigenous people throughout Canada and the world.

Milwaukee, the original homeland of the Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee Nations, is ideally suited for this march given its proximity to the Great Lakes which comprises 22% of the world’s fresh water. Given Governor Scott Walker’s position on mining as a source of job creation in Wisconsin, Jon Greendeer, Chairman of the Ho-Chunk Nation attended Walker’s speech and commented, ““The reality in former mining communities is living proof that (mining proponents’) vision for jobs doesn’t reflect long-term, sustainable community development.”

Idle No More Milwaukee supports the vision of Idle No More (IDN), which revolves around Indigenous ways of sovereignty to protect water, air, land and all creation for future generations. More information is available at: https://www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreMke?ref=ts&fref=ts, https://www.facebook.com/events/448490228551961/?fref=ts, and www.idlenomore.com.

ABOUT IDN MOVEMENT IN CANADA The Conservative government bills beginning with Bill C-45 threaten Treaties and this Indigenous vision of sovereignty. The goal of the movement is education and to revitalize Indigenous peoples through awareness and empowerment. INM has successfully encouraged knowledge sharing of Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections. This message has been heard around the world and the world is watching how Canada responds to the message sent by many INM supporters.

INM urges the government of Canada to repeal all legislation which violates Treaties, Indigenous sovereignty and subsequently environmental protections of land and water. INM is grateful to many leaders who have supported this vision and the movement of the grassroots people. “The Treaties are the last line of defense to protect water and lands from destruction,” stated Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs.


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