Gems

Deer Tail Press “Gems” are original works tied to the Flambeau Mine resistance that, in their own unique way, are profound AND whose applicability extends far beyond the original intended use.

Anyone who wants to reproduce or distribute copies of these gems in a good way (to promote efforts to protect our water resources) has the permission of Deer Tail Press to do so. All we ask is that:

  • If you choose to use the document, as is, please retain the title and by-line acknowledging the source(s);
  • If you choose to alter the document to meet your own set of circumstances, please retain the title and by-line acknowledging the original source(s) and add a disclaimer acknowledging the modification (similar to what Laura Gauger did in the Michigan and Minnesota adaptations of Evelyn Churchill’s Declaration of Independence from Corporation Oppression and Destruction – see below).

Here then are the Deer Tail Press “Gems”!

Background Information (as recounted by Roscoe Churchill in The Buzzards Have Landed!, Chapter 104):  “Evelyn’s composition is particularly significant in this day and age of corporate assault on the world’s precious natural resources. To set the stage, let me take you back to the spring of 1992, when the Wisconsin DNR was fumbling around with the endangered species issue at the Flambeau Mine site. Evelyn was feeling terribly discouraged at that time. She was 74 years old and knew her health was deteriorating. But even more important to her was the fact that the mining problem loomed larger than ever. In her exasperation, she had to show what she really believed.

Roscoe Churchill is seen here in his home, standing next to a copy of Evelyn’s Declaration of Independence from Corporation Oppression and Destruction (Photo by Laura Gauger, February 2005).

Roscoe Churchill is seen here in his home, standing next to a copy of Evelyn’s Declaration of Independence from Corporation Oppression and Destruction (Photo by Laura Gauger, February 2005).

So in her own quiet way, she methodically and precisely listed her feelings in a document she called the Declaration of Independence from Corporation Oppression and Destruction. She did not resort as I would have to calling the despoilers of our earth “buzzards” or worse. But rather she made her point in a dignified, respectful manner, using the format and many of the same phrases and sentences found in the original Declaration of Independence. Her feeling was that just as our forefathers declared their freedom from foreign oppression, we had to do the same in order to preserve those freedoms given with the Declaration of Independence signed by them.

I remember how surprised I was when she showed me what she had written. I knew she was working on something but had no idea of the magnitude of the project. We decided to have the whole thing professionally typeset by Cloverland Press … . The final document looked very official and reflected the fact that Evelyn had spent many hours composing it.

I feel a bit choked up as I sit here writing this story, thinking of Evelyn’s efforts to try and bring justice to a world dominated by multinational corporations. Even as it became harder for her to do the kinds of physical things she loved to do, like gardening or walking back to the Deer Tail Creek, her mind never stopped working.”

Please CLICK HERE to see Evelyn’s gift to us all. NOTE:  The linked file is scaled for printing on 11″ x 17″ paper.

  • Declaration of Independence from Corporation Oppression and Destruction – Michigan (as adapted by Evelyn Churchill from the Declaration of Independence in 1994 for use in Wisconsin and modified slightly by Laura Gauger in 2008 for use in Michigan) NOTE:  The linked file is scaled for printing on 11″ x 17″ paper.
  • Declaration of Independence from Corporation Oppression and Destruction – Minnesota (as adapted by Evelyn Churchill from the Declaration of Independence in 1994 for use in Wisconsin and modified slightly by Laura Gauger in 2016 for use in Minnesota) NOTE:  The linked file is scaled for printing on 11″ x 17″ paper.
  • Declaration of Independence from Corporation Oppression and Destruction – (YOUR STATE) as adapted by Evelyn Churchill from the Declaration of Independence in 1994 for use in Wisconsin and modified slightly by (YOUR NAME) in (DATE) for use in (YOUR STATE)
    • Please CLICK HERE for a .doc (Windows 97) version of Evelyn Churchill’s Declaration of Independence from Corporation Oppression and Destruction, penned for use in Wisconsin. Anyone who wishes to alter the document in a good way (to promote efforts to protect water resources in their own state) has the permission of Deer Tail Press to do so (the .doc file allows editing). All we ask is that you retain the title and by-line acknowledging the original source(s) and add a disclaimer acknowledging the modification (similar to what Laura Gauger did in the Michigan and Minnesota adaptations of the document). THANK YOU! NOTE: The linked file is scaled for printing on 11″ x 17″ paper.