Protests set after Michigan mine opponent arrested

Marquette, Michigan (AP) May 2010

Opponents of a proposed nickel and copper mine in a remote section of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are planning protests after an activist was arrested at the site.

The Mining Journal of Marquette says members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community have camped at an outcrop in Marquette County called Eagle Rock since April 23.

Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. plans to start building its mine near the spot this year. Tribal members say Eagle Rock is a sacred place where they have conducted pilgrimages for years.

Cynthia Pryor is a leader of an environmental group called the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, She was charged with trespassing last week and spent two nights in jail after refusing to leave the area.

About 70 people met April 26 to discuss protest strategy.