For a month, a small group of American Indians and environmental activists occupied an isolated patch of woods in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where the world’s third-largest mining company, Rio Tinto, is preparing to drill for nickel and copper. The protesters vowed to stay put, saying the mine would desecrate sacred ground and pollute waters that flow into nearby Lake Superior. But their vigil ended Thursday, as police enforced an order by Rio Tinto subsidiary Kennecott Eagle Minerals to clear the area and arrested two people on misdemeanor trespassing charges.
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