Supporting Communities Affected by Mining

The Western Mining Action Network provides opportunities for locally-based citizen groups and activists in the US and Canada to network: sharing mining related information, tools and resources. More than 400 individuals and organizations, from racially and economically diverse communities in the U.S.A. and Canada, participate in WMAN.


Western Mining Action Network – 2022 Biennial Conference

Standing Together: Mining Affected Communities for a Just Transition
(Protecting Sacred Places and the Next Seven Generations)

Save the Date!
October 12-15, 2022
Reno, Nevada

Western Mining Action Network is excited to announce that the 2022 Biennial Conference will be held in person this year in Reno, Nevada. The Conference will convene 150-200 people from mining-affected communities and allies working in legal aid, scientific support, and environmental NGO’s for cross-cultural knowledge sharing; elevating Indigenous voices; leadership development; and training in environmental advocacy and democratic organizing.

Co-hosted with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the Biennial Conference will increase awareness of mining in the Great Basin area that is threatening local communities, while addressing the social and environmental impacts of mining across the US and Canada. Conference highlights include: Efforts to save Peehee Mu’huh sacred site / Thacker Pass from proposed lithium mining; mining for energy transition technologies; mitigating climate change, Indigenous Rights, and gendered issues.

2022 Preliminary Program (subject to change)

  • October 12 – Indigenous Caucus meeting/Reno Sparks Indian Colony
  • October 13 – Conference Field trip to Anaconda mine
  • October 14 – Conference: plenaries/workshops/panels
  • October 15 – Conference plenaries/workshops/panels
  • October 16-17 – Thacker Pass field trip (optional)

Please Save the Date and Stay Tuned for more information, program, registration, and scholarship links. Registration and scholarship/travel grant applications will open by July 1st.

For more information:
Marvel Karch, WMAN Conference Lead Logistics, marvel@worc.org
Sayokla Williams, WMAN Indigenous Caucus Coordinator, sayokla@wman-info.org
Laura Pitkanen, WMAN Network Coordinator, laura@wman-info.org


Resource extraction impacts Indigenous communities disproportionately. Indigenous and Non-indigenous allies seek to stand together in solidarity to tackle mining issues.

Resource extraction contributes 53%, more than half of the world’s carbon emissions, and also causes 80% of biodiversity loss, from both mining and oil/gas development (United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report by the International Resource Panel, Global Resources Outlook 2019: Natural Resources for the Future We Want).

New mining claims, exploration, and extractive development projects spring up all over Turtle Island from the Ring of Fire in Ontario to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, as well as the demand for rare-earth minerals. These projects affect indigenous communities in disproportionate ways — social, environmental, cultural and spiritual.

WMAN Indigenous Caucus

2019 Indigenous Caucus Face to Face Gathering, Miami, Oklahoma.

The Indigenous Caucus was founded when Tribes / First Nations and community groups, including the Indigenous Environmental Network, began to participate in WMAN. Indigenous Peoples needed a separate space to gather and discuss mining impacts, to strategize and help one another and this led to the 1st Indigenous Caucus meeting at the WMAN Biennial Conference in 2002.

The Indigenous Caucus of the Western Mining Action Network exists as a critical forum for Indigenous Peoples to network, build relationships, and address the problems facing Indigenous communities due to hard rock mining. Our project provides much needed technical, legal, scientific information on mining to tribal leaders, non-profit community groups/orgs, tribal environmental staff and frontline community members who address the social and cultural impacts of hard rock mining on or near their territories and homelands. The Indigenous Caucus within WMAN provides a separate space to network, organize, coordinate and plan- as Indigenous Peoples with a united voice- to protect the Mother Earth and sacred/culturally important sites.

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