The following is a list of communities and groups who have been awarded grants in the IEN/WMAN Mining Mini-Grant program (Second Cycle 2012).

Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites – California
Green Energy Justice Summit, a convening to bring together Indigenous community leaders to outline socially and environmentally just principles and recommendations on the appropriate development and use of “green” energy.

Alternatives North – Northwest Territories
To support participation in the final public hearing of the ongoing Environmental Assessment of the Giant Mine Remediation Plan before the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.

Amigos Bravos – New Mexico
To partially defray technical expert costs for an administrative appeal of the Standby Permit renewal for the Mt. Taylor uranium mine.

Barriere Lake Solidarity Montreal -Quebe
To support the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake continue to resist colonial advances that threaten their land and traditional way of life, specifically the unwanted presence of Montreal-based mining company Copper One Inc.

Castle Mountain Coalition- Alaska
To fund a series of presentations and workshops on mountaintop removal (mtr) coal mining in Appalachia, the history of resistance to mtr, and the role of non-violent direct action in the movement to abolish mtr.

Children of the Taku- Yukon
In support of the all-volunteer, grass roots community organization located in Whitehorse, Yukon dedicated to protecting the Taku Watershed by stopping the proposed Tulsequah Chief mine access road through Taku River Tlingit First Nation territory.

Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction- Colorado
For the gathering and presentation of six case studies of successful anti-mining efforts in the United States and Canada, and to identify the factors that made those efforts successful; providing examples, hope, and concrete strategies for success.

Couchiching First Nation- Ontario
To host a day long workshop where technical experts, along with environmentalists and Anishinaabe Elders will provide information on the environmental impacts of mining, as a means of counterbalancing the sometimes one-sided information provided soley by the mining companies themselves.

Defenders of the Black Hills-South Dakota
To host a series of community working meetings in order to gather ideas and strategies for cleaning up more than 3,000 abandoned uranium mines, and stopping a new gold mine from being built in the sacred Black Hills.

Friends of Blair Mountain- West Virginia
To support a membership drive and production of the first Blair Mountain Journal to raise public awareness around saving Blair Mountain in Logan County, West Virginia from mountaintop removal coal mining.

International Indian Treaty Council- Alaska
To support the continuing partnership between the International Indian Treaty Council, Chickaloon Village Tribal Citizens and Youth, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council, community members, and environmental groups in the local area defending against coal issues. And to support the goal to educate and share the impacts of coal mining in the local area through the production and distribution of a community led Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign.

Native Movement-Arizona
To support- The Elders Video Recording Project of Peace and Balance (P&B), to build cultural resiliency by building bridges between elder and youth groups using technological tools. In the southwest communities are at the pivotal point where traditional knowledge is becoming extinct due to the influx of technology and globalization, which has been historically used to colonize and oppress indigenous people, however, Native Movement aims to use these situations to responsibly rebuild cultural resiliency to ensure a sustainable and healthy global bio-cultural diversity.

Native Village of Tyonek- Alaska
Building a tribally-driven campaign to stop the Chuitna Coal Mine and protect the Chuitna River in the Cook Inlet watershed. Funding the second annual Big Lake Culture Camp with the focus on bringing together native youth from throughout the Cook Inlet to celebrate salmon and learn about potential negative impacts from coal development on water quality, climate change, salmon health and habitat, and on human health.

Protect Our Manoomin- Minnesota
To support a tribal mining forum to educate and inform Native people living in areas affected by sulfide mining, featuring speakers on a variety of cultural, legal (ceded lands), scientific (effects of sulfates on manoomin), and economic, issues. Manoomin, or wild rice, is a traditional food of Anishinaabe people in this region, threatened by sulfide mining.

Sept-Îles Sans Uranium- Quebec
To stop the Matouch advanced exploration project, done in partnership with the Cree Youth Council of Northern Québec, and InnuPower

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council- Alaska
To help support the re-start of Alaskan’s for Responsible Mining, a coalition of communities, native organizations and conservation groups that has been working in Alaska for over 15 years to organize and educate the public on mining issues near their communities.

The Clearfork Community Institute- Tennessee
To support the organizing of a summer young adult leadership Action Research program to better understand our sense of place through the lens of economy. Together we will build Action Research skills and the power of leadership with our local young adult interns, and formulate an understanding of the economic systems that exist in our rural coalfield settlements (anything that is built, and/or controlled for use by people) and the forest systems (both the ecosystems and cultural relationships).

Tsilhqot’in National Government- British Columbia
To support a community gathering to protect Teztan Biny and its surrounding environment (Yanah Biny & Nabas) from the proposed “P” mine. The gathering is being hosted by the Youth Group from Nemiah (The Happiness Project) with support from the Tsilhqot’in National Government.

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice- Wisconsin
To support the work of WNPJ and others did over the last year in opposition to a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin, to educate people about the dangers of iron, metallic sulfide and frac sand mining in our state. Our goals are to foster a broader, informed critique of mining, and to strengthen state protections of our waters and land.

WMAN Great Lakes Caucus- Michigan
To support the convening of a mining activists’ meeting to contribute to the development of a common understanding of the levels of mining activities and impacts around the Great Lakes, with a particular emphasis on Lake Superior as well as Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, with outreach for participation from across the Great Lakes. The objectives of the in-person Great Lakes Caucus meeting are to provide an opportunity for mining activists to unite and (1) share information resources, (2) build capacity/skills, and (3) identify effective communication tools and strategies for ongoing collaboration.

Yellow Bird- Montana
To provide information to the community and the people of the Northern Cheyenne Nation about the protection and their connection to Mother Earth and her natural resources. Yellow Bird, in partnership with several organizations, will also educate the people about the repercussions and devastation of Mother Earth as a result of developing coal. The Northern Cheyenne people will be voting in September 2012 on the development of coal on Cheyenne land.


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