The Wolf River Action Committee is a collaborative group of Tribal members, allies, and environmental and political experts dedicated to preserving the cultural and environmental resources of the Wolf River. This website is a composite of the summer 2020 virtual panel series held by the committee: Mining Wisconsin’s Riverways: Past & Present Issues & Activism. It is also a celebration of the River through art, written word, stories, and music. Check the ‘news’ page for updates and resources connected to water activism for the Wolf River and more broadly for riverways in the state of Wisconsin.

If you would like to submit art, written word, stories, music, or any other celebration of the Wolf or other Wisconsin Rivers, please e-mail with your submission.

Keepers of the Water Screening & Discussion with Anahkwet & Dr. Al Gedicks

Post-screening discussion of Keepers of the Water, a 1996 documentary produced by the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council featuring the activists who eventually helped defeat the Crandon mine proposal (watch it here before viewing the discussion!). Water@UW-Madison hosted a screening and discussion with Director Al Gedicks & Anahkwet (Guy Reiter), Executive Director of Menīkānaehkem, Inc. The […]

Virtual Panel: Mining Regulatory Process

The fourth panel, How the Public Can Influence the Mining Regulatory Process, moderated by Rob Lundberg included three panelists: Prof. Al Gedicks, an environmental sociologist and Indigenous rights activist and scholar. Tom Jerow, a member of the Board of Directors for Wisconsin’s Green Fire since 2014 and the Water Resources/Environmental Rules Working Group, leading the metallic mining sub-group.  Allison Werner is […]

Keepers of the Water (1996 Film)

Documentary directed by Professor Al Gedicks about the diverse coalition of environmental activists that fought together to successfully defeat the Exxon and Rio Algom proposed copper-zinc metallic sulfide mine and toxic waste dump on the banks of the Wolf River, in Crandon, northern Wisconsin. This film was digitized into three parts through support from the […]

We Cannot Live Without Water: The Crandon Mine Movement 1976-2003

A short film made by Claudia Delgado for the National History Day project. The video provides some historical and cultural context behind the alliance against Exxon’s proposed Crandon mine at the headwaters of the Wolf River. Artwork by Susan Simensky Bietila is included in this film: the Tommy Thompson jester puppet, the BAN CYANIDE banner […]

Virtual Panel: Science & the Environment

The third panel, Science & the Environment, was moderated by Allison Werner. We had four panelists: Tina Van Zile, a Sokaogon Ojibwe, Forest County Potawatomi Native, and enrolled member of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community. She has been with the Sokaogon Environmental Department since 1994, where she has served as Environmental Director since 1999. Tina currently […]

Wolf River Mining Project Update: Reduction in Number of Drilling Sites & Holes

by Ron James Wolf River Mining Project Update: Thanks to all the people asking questions to the DNR they had to add a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document on the DNR website addressing exploration on MFL enrolled land. Is their explanation acceptable? Due to increased public scrutiny Badger Minerals withdrawals some of the drilling sites and […]