• Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN

    Water Is Life 2019



    PreSale General Admission Ticket: $25
    Day of General Admission Tickets: $30
    Ticket + Post Show Reception: $200
    Ticket + Individual Event Sponsorship: $500
    (plus applicable fees)

    Honor the Earth is excited to invite you to join us for the Aabita-niibino-giizis, Middle of the Summer Moon gathering at the shores of Lake Superior with many of our allies across the state and region including national organizations, local partners in Minnesota, and Water Protectors  across the state for our annual Water Is Life Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Minnesota on Sunday, July 21st, 2019.

    Miigwech, thank you for being our allies in taking action to build a future that is green, resilient, and just! The time of the Seventh Fire Prophecy is upon us, and we’re closer than ever to protecting the rights of nature, and the people who rely on our Mother Earth. Together we are moving in the direction of a regenerative economy with community-owned renewable energy, local and indigenous food sovereignty, and stopping dangerous fossil fuel projects like the proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline and sulfide mining in Minnesota.

    Early Bird Tickets are available until Sunday, June 21st for $20. After that, PreSale General Admission Ticket are $25. Day of General Admission Tickets purchased at the doors are $30. If you're interested in sponsoring the event, a General Admission Ticket + Individual Event Sponsorship is $500. For businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring the Water Is Life festival, please visit: 

    The Water Is Life Festival features diverse musical performances, a native-led crafters market, delicious food, environmentally-friendly demonstrations, and access to information from local groups and organizations. This year we begin the day with a Procession of the Species parade where water protectors wear costumes, bring props, carry banners, and hold signs as we parade through the streets of Duluth celebrating that Water Is Life! Join us!

    This year’s musicians include Chastity BrownMaria IsaDavid Huckfelt​, Corey Medina & other special guests. This is a family friendly venue, with free entry for children under 10. Festivities will begin at 2:00 pm.

    Stay tuned for more information about these artists and others who will be taking the stage with them at the Water Is Life Festival.


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    This year at the Water Is Life Festival we'll be having a Procession of the Species parade to celebrate the abundance of Anishinaabe Akiing and the diversity of life we are protecting. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, bring props, carry banners, and hold signs as we parade along the Lakewalk.

    The parade will begin with a social gathering at Bayfront at 12 NOON, with brief talks from Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel for WaterLegacy, and me, Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth.

    This portion of the festival is free and open to the public.

    After the parade is over and the festival begins! People are encouraged to stick around and enjoy the afternoon celebration. 

    Leading up to the Procession of the Species, groups will be hosting art parties to work on costumes, signs, and banners. If you or your organization is interested in hosting your own art part in connection to the Procession, please email:

    TABLE AT THE EVENT (Food and Craft Vendors, Demos, and Education)

    The festival provides a local and diverse selection of native and non-native artist wares, educational demos, delicious food, and access to information from local groups and organizations committed to protecting our sacred waters.

    Vendors will be admitted based on space availability. If you are interested in having a table or setup at the Water Is Life Festival, click here for more information! 


    This event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community and supporters. Our volunteers help spread the word and keep things humming along the day of the festival. To learn more about the various volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit:


    Miigwech (thank you) to all of the Water Is Life Event Events Sponsors! The Water Is Life Festival provides businesses and organizations multiple ways to reach tons of water protectors before, during, and after the event.

    All funds raised from the festival will help fight Enbridge’s Line 3, proposed to transport tar sands oil over 1,000 miles from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, right through the heart of Anishinaabe territory and some of the most sensitive watersheds, cleanest lakes and the most abundant wild rice beds in the world, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River and Lake Superior.

    Interested in becoming an Event Sponsor? Take a look at the sponsorship opportunities available for the Water Is Life Festival and complete the sponsorship form by clicking the button below:


    Click the link below to find our most frequently asked questions and answers. If you have questions not listed in the FAQ, please send an email to

    2019 Water Is Life Festival FAQs Page


    At the Water Is Life Festival we celebrate the abundance of Anishinaabe Akiing, the diversity of life we are protecting, and our transition to the new green path we are beginning to walk. This is an opportunity for you to connect with water protectors across Turtle Island and the growing number of people standing up to protect our environment, our water, and Indigenous peoples rights.

    We are up against some of the largest energy corporations and lobby groups in the world and we need your help to make real change! We are extremely grateful for your support.  You make this movement possible!

    Click below to contribute!


    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 1 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Bayfront Festival Park,  350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802 

    CONTACT · (218) 375-3200


  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Cass Lake | Leech Lake - EPA Superfund Hearing on July 30

    Have Your Voice Heard... for Future Generations 


    EPA yet again ignores tribal standards for clean-up in their newest cleanup plan St. Regis Paper Co. Superfund Site Leech Lake Reservation–Cass Lake, Minnesota. 

    Tribal members of Cass Lake and the Leech Lake oppose any storage of contaminated soils within the boundaries of the St. Regis Superfund Site or within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Reservation.


    It is essential that the EPA hear from tribal people about the importance of cleaning up this toxic site and restoring the health of our sacred lands.   Public participation and public pressure is necessary to ensure they do the job right.   You do not need to be an expert or say anything fancy - just come and show support and tell them it is long past time to clean up this mess!


    The St. Regis Paper Company Superfund Site is a former wood preserving facility that operated from 1957 to 1985 in the City of Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Reservation. Groundwater, surface water, sediment and soil on and near the site are contaminated as a result of the wood preserving process and waste disposal activities. While cleanup actions have occurred in the past, dioxin contamination remains on site in areas that are residential or easily accessed by people. For more information, please visit this EPA webpage.  


    Leech Lake Residents Weigh In On Proposed EPA Cleanup in 2016. Still need to clean the mess.

    Read about the proposed plan 

    EPA Proposes Cleanup Plan for Contaminated Soil (PDF)


    Show support for the Tribal Standard lead the nation in clean up.

    EPA officials will hold a public hearing to accept comments on the proposed cleanup plan. A court reporter will record all public comments.

    Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m., 

    Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School, 

    15 Fourth St. NW, Cass Lake. 


    You can contact Benjamin Benoit, Environmental Protection Department at



    Regarding the St. Regis Superfund Site in Cass lake Minnesota

    We the Citizens of the Cass Lake Community and the Leech Lake Reservation to herby indicate with our signature below that we oppose any storage of contaminated soils within the boundaries of the St. Regis Superfund Site or within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Reservation.



    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is proposing a plan to clean up soil contamination in the residential areas at the St. Regis Paper Co. site on the Leech Lake Reservation. EPA is interested in your comments on the proposed cleanup plan for these residential areas referred to as “operable unit” 7, or OU7of the St. Regis Paper Co. site. The comment period runs from June 17 through August 15, 2019. Send your comments to EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Heriberto León before midnight, August 15, 2019.

    Share your opinions EPA encourages you to comment on this proposed cleanup plan. The Agency will only select a final cleanup plan after reviewing comments received during the public comment period, which runs from June 17 – August 15, 2019. There are several ways to submit written comments: 

    EPA contact information 

    Heriberto León 

    Community Involvement Coordinator 


    Leslie Patterson 

    Remedial Project Manager 


    EPA Region 5 toll-free 


    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., weekdays 

  • Friday, August 09, 2019 at 07:00 PM through August 10, 2019
    Tom's Burned Down Cafe in La Pointe, WI

    Winona LaDuke's Birthday Party Celebration on Madeline Island


    Join us Friday, Aug 9th and Saturday, Aug. 10th for nights of excellent old school blues, rock and roll with Sonny Johnson Music + Corey Medina & Brothers, and guests!
    Friday, August 9th with Sonny Johnson
    Saturday, August 10th with Corey Medina & Brothers
    Shows starts at 7:00pm
    * * *
    In Lake Superior, on Madeline Island
    Tom’s Burned Down Cafe
    Madeline Island
    274 Chebomnicon Rd,
    La Pointe, WI 54850
    This is a benefit for Honor the Earth
    $20 suggested donation at door each night.
    Proceeds to benefit in protecting our water.
    Here is the Madeline Island Ferry Line Services and Schedule.
    Visit their website for additional information.
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