Global Mining and Local Values. Economic, Environmental, and Cultural Conflict in Minnesota

Bob Tammen will cover mining issues in Minnesota by presenting from a map of the 100 mile long Mesabi Iron Range.  He will start at the southwest end of the Range near Grand Rapids, MN and work his way to the northeast end of the Range near Ely.  The mining communities between Grand Rapids and Ely have a rich history of social struggle extending to the present attempt by the global mining industry to develop a low grade sulfide ore body near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  The ore body is within the 1854 treaty area so there is a rich blend of tribal rights, gender struggle, and economic exploitation to explore.


Bob Tammen is a combat veteran of the Vietnam war and a member of Veterans For Peace.  He worked in the mining industry before they hired women and appeared in the film North Country, the story of the battle for women’s rights on the Iron Range.  Bob and his wife, Pat, live in Soudan, MN, an old mining town.  Bob worked in several of the iron mines and Pat taught in Ely for over 30 years.  They are actively opposing the proposed copper mining projects in Northern Minnesota.  Especially those in the Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

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