Nez Perce Tribe Opposes Midas Gold’s New Idaho Mine
"We have yet to see a mine that does more good than harm..."
LAPWAI, ID – The Nez Perce Tribe is taking a stand against a proposed mine east of McCall, ID. Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chairman Shannon Wheeler said in a press release “For the Nez Perce Tribe, the value of the land, wildlife, and resources will always be worth more than any amount of gold. History has proven that mining scars the landscape and damages natural resources. Damage to our natural resources will have long-term impacts on everyone, and the impacts will still be felt by people here long after the company, and gold, have left the country. We encourage surrounding communities to take a hard look at Midas Gold’s claims.”
The release describes the mine as an open-pit gold, silver, and antimony mine that would occupy three square miles in the headwaters of the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, 35 air miles east of McCall.
The Canadian mining company known as Midas Gold proposes to work the mine for 21 to 28 years and extract between 4 and 5 million ounces of gold during that time.
The Tribe says previous mining has already affected salmon spawning areas in the East Fork South Fork Salmon River.
Chairman Wheeler went on to say “We have yet to see a mine that does more good than harm and it is our responsibility to look out for our future generations. This mine, if approved, will surely be to the detriment of those future generations.”