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MN Refuses to Put the Sandpiper/Line 3 EIS in the Correct Hands

Despite billions of dollars of investment in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to carry out environmental stewardship duties, the State of Minnesota insists on having the Department of Commerce do the environmental review for the largest fossil fuel infrastructure mega-project in state history.   On May 18 meeting, the Environmental Quality Board voted to deny the people's request to transfer control of the Sandpiper/Line 3 EIS to the environmental agencies.  Read on for more details and to watch the video of the Honor the Earth team (Winona LaDuke, Korey Northrup, Don Wedll, and Thane Maxwell) testifying at that meeting....

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Immediate Release: 1855 Treaty Authority, CHIPPEWA EXTEND ONE-DAY FISHING PERMIT TO GOVERNOR DAYTON’S SANDY LAKE OPENER

Immediate Release May 11, 2016  

CHIPPEWA EXTEND ONE-DAY FISHING PERMIT TO GOVERNOR DAYTON’S SANDY LAKE OPENER 

Sandy Lake, MN – The 1855 Treaty Authority issued a one-day fishing permit and pass for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and his members while they spend the 2016 Governor's Fishing Opener on one of the most important, original 1855 Chippewa reservations, Sandy Lake. 

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Public Hearings for Sandpiper/Line 3 EIS Scoping

The next round of MN regulatory hearings for the Sandpiper/Line 3 pipeline corridor is starting this week...Come along for another trip down the rabbit hole!  There will be 13 public meetings across northern Minnesota, from April 25 - May 11, 2016.  Please attend as many hearings as you an and give written or verbal comments about what the EIS should include!   Treaty rights, wild rice, fish and wildlife, spill risk, abandonment, liability, water and air quality, climate change, etc.....this is your chance to voice your concerns. 

VISIT OUR EVENT PAGE FOR DETAILS.


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Change the Agency in charge of the EIS for Sandpiper/Line 3!

Please add your voice to hundreds of others asking the State of MN to put the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for the Sandpiper/Line 3 corridor in the correct hands.   

A group of citizens, tribes, and environmental groups has asked the MN Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to change the state agency in charge of preparing the EIS.   The Public Utilities Commission and Department of Commerce are currently the lead agencies, but the Department of Natural Resources and the Pollution Control Agency have far greater expertise, and are the only agencies capable of working with the federal government, tribal governments, and the Ojibwe treaty commissions that co-manage resources in ceded territory.   We are asking the EQB to reassign the RGU (Responsible Government Unit) to either DNR, PCA, or both.   

Read more for letters to sign and details on how to submit your own comments....

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Video + Song: A Message From Native America #Rezolution - Love Water Not Oil

Amazing video, and song: A Message From Native America #Rezolution ft. Brendan Strong filmed on Location of Red Lake MN, White Earth MN, Minneapolis MN, and Bemidji MN.

 

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Major Milestone for the Cree Nation -

Rare Cree beaded hood finally returns home after almost two centuries
"It's like meeting my Gookum [grandmother]," she said.

Dinah Simard, far left, and Trifona Simard, fourth from left, admire the beaded hood with a group at the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute. The hood is believed to have originally belonged to Jane Gunner, Dinah's grandmother and Trifona's great-grandmother. (Celina Wapachee/CBC)

 

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Pine Point Solar Installation!

In March 2016, just days before a train crashed into a propane truck and exploded in our village of Callaway, requiring a full evacuation of the town, we successfully trained 8 tribal members on the White Earth Reservation to install solar thermal panels. These are being installed on the homes of people in the village, where some folks today pay $800 a month in electric bills and 90% of the people live below the poverty level.  We have a plan: efficiency, thermal and solar.  And we do it ourselves.  After these installs, we hope to begin work on solar at the Pine Point Elementary School.  We will need help.  We will need help to begin the transition for our tribe from a fossil fuel economy, which explodes in our villages and pollutes our rice beds, to a mino bimaatisiiwin, a good life of local food and local energy; a local economy that can be a model for others.  We are also planning the next mural project for our village.   

The Anishinaabeg are not waiting for a transition to clean energy.  We are leading the way, and training our own people to do the work.  But we need your help.  Join us as we create our mino bimaatisiiwin, our good life, our good future, together.  

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Youth Climate Change Lawsuit Upheld!

Yesterday, the Federal District Court in Oregon rejected the appeals by the oil and gas industry and decided in favor of the 21 youth climate leaders in their landmark constitutional climate change case brought against the federal government. This is unprecedented!

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Open Letter from Secretary Kerry - Berta Cáceres human rights justice in Honduras

Many thanks once again for all the support on the Open Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as your continued support on the case of Berta Cáceres and for the defense and protection of human rights in Honduras.
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Menominee River Water Walk

Walk with Menominee River Water Walk, walking and praying for the Sacred Water where the Wild Rice grows.  for the water. We will begin at Keshena Falls in the land of the Menominee and end at the proposed mine site, in Stephensen, Michigan, about 40 miles from Marinette, Wisconsin where the wild rice was seeded. #‎WaterisLife#‎ProtecttheSacred

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