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How to Be Better Ancestors

This blog originally appeared on humansandnature.org

I believe in place. Anishinaabe Akiing, the Land to which the people belong, that’s where I live. I live in the same area as my great-great-great-great-grandparents lived. Nimanoominike, I harvest wild rice on the same lakes, canoe to the same berry patches. I am eternally grateful to my ancestors for their consistency and their commitment to land, to ceremony, and to those who had not yet arrived, like myself. My lake, Round Lake, is where the so-called “last Indian uprising in Minnesota” occurred. And I am eternally grateful to the Skip in the Day Family for demanding justice on our Lake and for stopping the timber barons from stealing all of our great and majestic pines. In walking, riding horse, or canoeing these lakes and this place, I remember those ancestors. And I offer them food and prayers. Those are cool ancestors, great role models.

My mother is the artist Betty LaDuke, and my family on her side hails from the Ukraine. They were Jewish farmers who became union workers in New York City. My great-great-grandfather had a windmill to grind wheat, and was displaced by the burning of coal, and the progress of new mills. My grandmother worked in the garment district and my grandfather worked as a house painter. Decent people. Courageous people. Humble people. I feel that I not only remember them, but live their lives in my own way, particularly that transition of power my ancestors experienced, from their way of life working with water, working with wind, to this fossil fuels mess that I’d like to reverse.

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Line 3 Fast-track Update

Yesterday, April 6, 2017, hundreds of Water Protectors gathered at the State Capitol building in Saint Paul to protest the MN House Jobs and Energy Omnibus bill, including a last-minute amendment that would fast-track the Line 3 pipeline and allow Enbridge to bypass all regulation and start construction this July.  The bill also includes 2 other outrageous pipeline clauses:  one that would exempt all future gas and oil pipelines from the Certificate of Need permit (the only part of the State’s process which can actually stop a project), and one that would prohibit the regulatory agencies from considering alternative routes that don’t stop and start where the pipeline company wants.  

All 3 of these pieces of legislation were included in the bill approved by the MN House yesterday.  The Senate's version of the bill has already passed, but without any pipeline language included in it, so now the 2 different bills must be reconciled.  This will most likely happen in a conference committee, and the final version will be passed to Governor Dayton for approval.  

It is our responsibility as water protectors to stop this legislation.

How can you help?   Write to Governor Dayton and urge him to veto this bill and all of its attempts to bypass due process and let Enbridge run the show.   Read more for details....

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Rest In Power DARYL FRAZIER

The Honor the Earth family is very sad at this time.  This weekend, Daryl Frazier, our Chief Financial Officer, passed away unexpectedly.  We have all suffered a loss of a very good man, and we extend our condolences to his loved ones.

For us, Daryl Frazier was not only our zhooniyaa inini (our money man) but a member of our family. 

Rest in Power, Daryl.  We are very grateful for your years of hard work and dedication, and we miss you already.

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Emergency Rally to Stop a Legislative LINE 3 FAST-TRACK

ATTENTION, CALLING ALL WATER PROTECTORS

Please join us tomorrow, April 6th, at 11am, at the MN State Capitol in St. Paul, for an emergency rally.  Enbridge and the MN Legislature are trying to push through a bill that would bypass the entire regulatory process for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, and shove another black snake down our throat. 

We have been fighting Line 3 for over 3 years now.   The State of Minnesota is currently writing an Environmental Impact Statement, and a permit decision is not expected until next spring, 2018.

But now the Minnesota legislature is trying to pass a law that would skip the EIS, skip the permit process, and let Enbridge start construction this July.  It would also exempt all future oil and gas pipelines from the Certificate of Need, the only part of the state’s permit process that is able to stop the project, and prohibit the regulatory agencies from considering alternative routes that don’t stop and start where Enbridge wants. 

This is a clear attempt to bypass due process and avoid the truth about Line 3 and all pipelines – that there is no need for them, and that they threaten to destroy us.  It is our responsibility as water protectors to prevent this. 

Read more for details and a fully documented briefing paper explaining our opposition.

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Call for Volunteers and Researchers

Honor the Earth is in a period of rapid growth and momentum, and we need your help.  

Read more for an update on all the things we're working on right now, and a list of Volunteer and Research tasks that we need people to take on.  

We are looking for people able to commit to a consistent, sustained contribution of time - at least a few hours each week, for at least 2-3 months and preferably longer.  

We're a fun team to work with and there are infinite possibilities for ways to join us in our fight to #StopLine3 and lead a graceful transition to a livable future.  

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Gov. Burgum's claim of potential water pollution at DAPL site is ironic

Gov. Doug Burgum and authorities recently peddled a story to the media about the feces and garbage runoff into the river from the Oceti Sakowin Camp requiring immediate attention as a public health risk. That's rather ironic considering the state long ago removed all sanitation support to the thousands of people who had come to live in the state's 14th largest city. The spin continues in North Dakota's corporate-fed media.

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What Was That Alberta Clipper Meeting in Bemidji Really All About?

On Tuesday, March 7, hundreds braved blizzard conditions to attend a US State Department meeting in Bemidji, MN, about the Alberta Clipper pipeline.  Honor the Earth was part of a coalition that organized a “Solutions Summit” event beforehand, and a march to the meeting, where despite the State’s efforts to criminalize us and neutralize our power with an “open house” format, we celebrated our resistance with traditional drum, song, jingle dress dancing, and ceremonial foods.  Here’s why the meeting was important....

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Dear US State Department: Neither Alberta Clipper Or Line 3 Are Welcome Here!

On Tuesday, March 7, hundreds of concerned community members will attend the US State Department’s only public meeting on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the expansion of the Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline, which transports tar sands across the lake country of Northern Minnesota, including the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac Reservations.   A rally outside the event will include traditional Ojibwe drumming and jingle-dress dance, and local leaders will hold a press conference.  

Read on for event details, links, the full text of the SEIS, and instructions on how to submit written or verbal public comments to the US State Department, including suggested talking points from Honor the Earth....

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Honor the Earth seeks a summer intern to assist with Pine Point Mino-bimaatisiiwin (the good life) project

We are seeking a summer intern to assist with our Pine Point Mino-bimaatisiiwin (the good life) project. 
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017.  
Read more for details and instructions on how to apply...

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NYC Mayor Considering Divesting From Banks Funding DAPL

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