This is land that has been in my family for decades. It is prime Red River valley agriculture land. It was handed down to me by my mother and father when they passed away, and I’m intending to hand it down to my children when I pass away …. My wife and I have …told our children that we will pass this on. Of course if 225,000 barrels of oil bursts through this thing, that certainly is the end of this family legacy.
-James Botsford, North Dakota landowner in Enbridge Sandpiper right of way
While the national press has kept a focus on the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline, something is going in northern Minnesota. This has to do with the Enbridge Company, a Canadian Company who is determined to move oil from places where there is no infrastructure, and is showing its determination in some ways which Northerners may not like. That oil is destined for Superior. Lots of it headed this way. This is far more than a single Keystone pipeline, like four times as much oil.
n today's Honor the Earth Environmental Features, you will hear interviews from Mandan territories, where Winona LaDuke met and spoke with community members who are concerned with the hydraulic fracturing that is taking place, including the Birdbear sisters and many others.
If you missed listening in on Niijii Radio(tm) 89-9 White Earth, MN at 2pm CST, you can listen anytime here:https://soundcloud.com/honortheearth/honor-the-earth-environmental-features-fracking-in-mandan-territoriesRead more
On the latest Honor the Earth Environmental Features, Winona LaDuke speaks with Mike Wiggins, Tribal Chairman of the Bad River Band of Anishinaabe and Paul DeMain, editor of News from Indian Country in Hayward, Wisconsin (Oneida/Ojibwe), who both describe the destructive impacts of current mining attempts in Wisconsin by Gogebic Taconite, or GTAC, an iron-ore mining company based in Florida, which is facing fierce opposition from communities in and around Iron and Ashland counties in northern Wisconsin, including the Bad River Band.
A SPECIAL BENEFIT CONCERT TO STOP THE ENBRIDGE SANDPIPER PIPELINE
MAY 27TH AND 28TH DULUTH, MINNESOTA, AND MADELINE ISLAND, WISCONSIN. FEATURING RISING APPALACHIA, ANNIE HUMPHREY, CHARLIE PARR, AND INDIGENOUS ECONOMIST WINONA LADUKE
Listen to the preview podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/honortheearth/honor-the-earth-love-water-not-oil-psa
Posted May 1, 2014 by Mark Taliano
Canadians are forever being informed, explicitly or implicitly, that the solution to the crisis of the day, or decade, is a freedom-sounding word called “privatization”. This, the free-marketeers tell us, will solve our problems.
The reality is invariably the opposite. “Privatization” – also known as bailed-out, highly subsidized corporatism – is in fact the problem, not the solution.
Furthermore, the crises being addressed are often manufactured for the express purpose of rolling out a parasitical regime of corporatization that profits from calamity, even as its “host”, the public, is fleeced.
Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
In a new battlefront over energy policy, American Indian rights attorneys argued Wednesday before a Minnesota judge that historic treaties give tribes a say in where to build crude oil pipelines across land ceded by the Chippewa in the 19th century.
“Everybody has kind of forgotten what our rights are, and that is why we are here,” Frank Bibeau, an attorney for the Indian nonprofit group Honor the Earth, told an administrative law judge at a hearing in St. Paul.Read more
There’s a common answer that Mona Dohman, Minnesota’s public safety commissioner, gets when she asks local law enforcement officers and firefighters what public threat intrudes on their thoughts late at night and leaves them tossing and turning with worry.
After an ominous fireball bloomed in the winter skies near Casselton, N.D., in late 2013, it should come as no surprise that oil transport accidents have public safety officials on edge in a state that is not only crisscrossed by oil pipelines but that has become a virtual freeway system for crude carried by rail out of western North Dakota’s Bakken formation.Read more
On this week's Honor the Earth Environmental Feature, we look again at the Sandpiper proposed pipeline and the multiple forms of powerful opposition taking place, including Honor the Earth's multi-pronged approach to organizing.Read more