The Fight for Water & Treaty Rights in the Great Lakes

The Story


On the shores of Lake Superior, a coalition of Native and non-native activists are working across state boundaries to protect the waters of the Great Lakes and the lifestyles of the region’s people from the catastrophic effects of an expanding mining industry.  But will corporate influence on state legislatures usurp the environmental laws and treaty rights protecting them?

The people and waters of the Great Lakes are under threat. At least 45 mines and exploration sites are active in the Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota portions of the upper Great Lakes. Thirty-nine of these sites operate in territory that should be protected by existing peace treaties between the U.S. and local indigenous nations. In addition, mining companies hold the mineral rights to an estimated 1 million acres of land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula alone.

National politics are playing out at the local level as many state legislators partner with mining companies to re-write existing environmental law. These mines all threaten the waters of the Great Lakes, which hold 21% of the Earth’s fresh surface water. These operations affect real people who live in your town, city, or state. When treaties are ignored, everyone suffers.

But a courageous group of activists has stepped forward to fight this threat. Trust, a feature length documentary, will follow their struggle to preserve the waters of the Great Lakes and the lifestyles of the region’s people.

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