The horse ride follows the Enbridge proposed route between 2 of the historically most-important wild rice producing lakes for the Chippewa, both called Rice Lake and established as federal wild rice refuges by Congress for the exclusive use of the Chippewa at the beginning of the 20th century.
“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of protecting our sacred manoomin (wild rice) which is at the root of our cultural and spiritual ways of life with mother earth we call bimaadiziwin, living our life in a good way” said Winona LaDuke, adding “Days of us riding horses shows and reminds us of the many gifts from the Creator which we must protect for the generations to come. It’s an important job.”
In a recent letter to EPA Region 5, LaDuke expressed concerns about a recent Michigan federal court’s Consent Decree against Enbridge for the Kalamazoo oil spill including the replacement of all of Line 3 in Minnesota reminded the administrator that “This may be one of the most important and critical times for EPA vigilance and protection in light of the Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap especially recognizing the greatest, negative climate change contributors and impacts are tar sands extreme extraction and fracking and our nation needs to protect the environment now.” In a directly related background story LaDuke describes efforts to use Chippewa treaty rights to protect our territories environment from pipeline abandonment and allowing new routes through wild rice lakes and rivers at Indian Country Today
Here is the link for the consent decree and 30 day comment period at: U.S. V. ENBRIDGE ENERGY PARTNERS
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