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Riley Beggin, The Detroit News' Washington correspondent for autos, spent a week traveling and reporting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this summer to understand how rising demand for electric vehicles and the batteries that power them impact small communities, the environment and Indigenous peoples. 

Photographer Keith King joined Beggin over four days in Marquette, L'Anse, Baraga, Negaunee, Ishpeming and other communities around Eagle Mine, the nation's only nickel mine.

They toured the mine and spoke with employees, environmental advocates, local leaders, members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and others about how mining has impacted them — and what their experiences might mean for others around the country who may soon see mining projects in their own communities as the nation and its auto industry seek more minerals to electrify their lineups.

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