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Jan. 10, 2011

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University’s lecture series will continue with a screening of the acclaimed documentary Red Gold at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Reinhart Center Room 107.

Red Gold explores the issue of future mining in the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska. Bristol Bay is home to Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers, the two most prolific sockeye salmon runs in the world. Foreign mining companies Northern Dynasty Minerals and Anglo American have partnered to propose development of what could be the world’s largest open-pit and underground mines at the headwaters of the two rivers. Mine backers claim the proposed Pebble site is the second largest combined deposit of copper, gold, and molybdenum ever discovered, with an estimated value of more than $300 billion.

Mining officials have promised a clean project, but the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has caused deep concern from Alaskans who love and depend on Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery. The film documents the growing unrest among native, commercial, and sport-fisherman. Red Gold also is a portrait of a unique way of life that depends on the fish.

Following the screening of the documentary, a discussion with Curt Olson, one of the salmon fishermen featured in Red Gold, and Jeff Skrade, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife official in Bristol Bay.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is limited.


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