Month-Long Camp Defending Eagle Rock Raided, Protesters Arrested

Police and State Troopers have raided the  defenders’ camp at Eagle Rock in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The camp lasted a month, attempting to protect the sacred site from a controversial sulfide mine.

Six defenders were staying at the camp when the police arrived.  Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members Chris Chosa, 28, and Charlotte Loonsfoot, 37, were taken away by sheriff’s deputies and driven to the Marquette County Jail where they were released on bond.

Atop a pole at the entrance to the camp, a lone eagle feather fluttered in the dusty wind as heavy equipment moved in. Mine officials doused the grandfather fire, uprooted the Eagle Rock Community Garden, removed two flags from atop Eagle Rock and bulldozed the camp.