Outrage and the old west – the Sand Creek Massacre

The long lens of history provides us the opportunity to challenge the decisions made by the pioneers of the old west. The treatment of the Native American Tribes is a great example of Monday morning quarterbacking. The massacre of the Cheyenne’s at Sand Creek is a case in point. What could possible have induced the Colorado Third Regiment to ride down on these “peaceful Indians”? In May of 1863 Territorial Governor Evans received word that the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes were holding a big secret conference with the Sioux for the purpose of uniting and driving the white man out … Continue reading

Not in MY Backyard

An interview on a Denver television station recently aired, concerning a homeless shelter program in Boulder Colorado. The reporter was interviewing a neighborhood representative on the issue. The well dressed lady, in front of her Prius, holding her tablet computer, thought the project should be stopped. She stated that there should be a more appropriate area found for the homeless shelter. Not in my backyard! Boulder County, Colorado contains a wealth of minerals that the United States in 100% dependent on foreign nations to supply. Many of these nations are not friendly to the U.S.. Russia, China, Pakistan, Kurdistan, among … Continue reading

Support Mining in America

The best reason to support mining in America today is as follows:  There is no EPA in most of the countries we are forced to buy our strategic minerals from. In the Congo cobalt is mined. The Congo is the main source for this mineral. Tribal leaders, sometimes referred to s war lords, get all of the money. They extort their people or force them to work in the mines. There are proven reserves of cobalt here in the U.S. Another example, according to National Geographic Magazine, is in Peru. Young men in their teens are forced to go to … Continue reading

Modern Perspective on Mining in America

Many times I have heard that people who are working a federal mine claim are getting their gold for free. Here are the latest statistics (Jan. 2017) according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. There are over 2,300,000,000 square acres in the United States. Mining in the U.S. takes up 5,569,929 acres, or 8,703 square miles. Most of this total is devoted to gravel pits and coal mines. Currently there are only 345 mines producing all types of metals, gold, silver, copper, iron, etc. These 345 mines represent 2.5% of the total mined land, or 217.5 square miles. (139,200 … Continue reading