I came to New York to join 300, 000 people on the streets of Manhattan demanding climate justice. We came from White Earth, and our Anishinaabe Akiing, to repeat our messages: Love Water not Oil – no pipelines, tankers or fracking. Nothing should come to our Great Lakes, the heartland of North America, and the source of one-fifth of the world’s water. We know what it is that we are doing at home. We know that we are working hard to defeat the Enbridge Sandpiper proposal, and other proposals which would result in up to 4 million barrels of oil a day crossing our Anishinaabe Akiing, our northern Minnesota territory. We know that policy makers are here in New York City, and we know our allies are here. So we are as well.
My sons and I, along with other Anishinaabe people came to New York and walked with the 300, 000+ people that took to the streets yesterday. We joined with and listened to women from the Blackfeet reservation, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Territory, and Mic Mac territory in New Brunswick, Canada, tell the stories of fracking – or of the battle against fracking. It is heartbreaking. It is heartbreaking to see our Mother Earth become filled with over 600 toxic chemicals, and explosions under ground for extreme oil. It is heartbreaking to see our peoples’ rights signed away to corporations, and it is heart breaking to see 300 armed RCMP officers in Canada surround a Native woman opposing fracking, holding only an eagle feather, and kneeling on the ground.
We heard Ella Maja Tailfeathers’ story from the Blood Reserve in Canada, where half of their reserve was signed away to fracking by a corrupt and unaccountable first nation government. We heard her story of an arrest, by tribal police, lateral oppression, gender oppression and destruction of land. We heard and joined with Kandi Mossett from the Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa Nation in North Dakota, to talk about the destruction of land and people, and the sex trafficking and radioactivity coming to that territory. We heard, and we vowed to continue our struggle with these people, and these communities. Our pipeline opposition is joined now with the opposition to fracking.
Honor the Earth’s work on the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper line is directly related to the front lines of the fracking struggles, as the oil proposed to move in the line is from the fracking zones. We went to North Dakota and Mandan territory last month to stand with the Hunkpapa Lakota people to create a moratorium and ban on proposed fracking in their territory, and we came to Ft. Berthold to begin laying the ground work for environmental research and remediation, as well as to change the balance of power in that community. Recent tribal elections have begun that change at a political level, and we will work on the ground with the people.
We came to New York to feel the power of a citizen’s movement, and to see Indigenous people joining together, flanked by celebrities, at the front of a 300,000 people climate march – leading a voice for climate action and climate justice. We know that our voices must be heard, in a national forum, an international forum, and in our own territories. We are thankful for the courage of all of our people, and we are thankful that we are here, and will continue our work. Miigwech (thank you) for your support.Read more
Fort Chipewyan to Move Forward on First Solar Project
Fort Chipewyan, Alberta – Fort Chipewyan, which lies downstream from tar sands development, has started to move forward on a different type of energy source this time from the sun. From September 16th to September 22nd solar panels will be installed on the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Elder and Youth Lodge with an official ribbon cutting ceremony to take place on September 19th.
The installation will be the first of many projects that will be constructed in the region. Keepers of the Athabasca who hope this project will be an example; especially to other tar sands impacted First Nation communities, of the benefits solar can bring to communities supported the solar initiative.
What: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for first solar installation project.
Where: Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.
When: September 19th, 12:00 p.m.
Who: Member of ACFN, son and father solar installers Sid and Jerry Paschen and supporters.
“While we continue to stand-up for the rights and health of our members we must also be actively seeking solutions,” said Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. “We are proud to help lead the way and hopefully this is only one of many solar projects we hope to bring to our community and the province.”
“The possibilities for solar in Alberta are almost endless,” said Jesse Cardinal with Keepers of the Athabasca. “First Nation communities especially ones that are isolated and reliant on diesel for power stand to benefit the most from a transition. These panels are an example of the type of solutions our communities should be implementing ones that create jobs, lower energy costs and don’t hurt the environment to do it.”
For More Information Contact:
Greg Adams, ACFN Housing and Special Projects: 780-838-6405
Jesse Cardinal, Keepers of the Athabasca: 780-404-5053Read more
Honor the Earth rallies at Enbridge offices; Group opposed to proposed Sandpiper pipeline
By Zach Kayser on Aug 29, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.
BEMIDJI -- An environmental group opposed to the future Sandpiper oil pipeline held a rally Thursday... at the Bemidji offices of the energy company planning to operate the pipeline.
Honor the Earth, opposed to the multi-billion dollar pipeline proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge Energy, held a rally/press event just outside Enbridge's offices in the city's industrial park.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3:00 PM Press Conference Thursday, August 28th
@ Enbridge Energy Bemidji Area Office
1129 Industrial Park Dr SE, Bemidji, MN
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA – Wednesday, August 27th, Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, successfully completes 200 mile horse ride against the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper fracking oil pipeline. Partnering with the leadership for the campaign is Shane Davis, Executive Director Fractivist.org, an oil and gas analyst from Colorado.
LaDuke and her team will be holding a press conference this Thursday, August 28th, at 3PM CST at the Enbridge headquarters, 1129 Industrial Park Drive SE, Bemidji, MN56601.
The epic horseback journey traversed SandyLake and RiceLake watersheds, the mother lode for wild rice in Minnesota. The proposed pipeline would divide the traditional wild rice beds from East to West.
Michael Dahl, Anishinaabe spiritual leader and rider explained, “This is the same path our ancestors walked. Now we are riding in those same footsteps. We are here to protect this land for future generations.”
LaDuke says “Enbridge chose a bad path. The people of Minnesota love their water more than oil and they are standing up against the pipeline. A single leak in the pipeline could discharge 20,000 gallons of fracking oil per minute. This could lead to an environmental catastrophe.”
Honor the Earth is gathering at the Bemidji headquarters of Enbridge to say no to any pipelines going through their lands. LaDuke will be onsite for questions and answers and invites all landowners that would be affected by the fracking oil pipeline, grassroots organizations, general public and all media outlets to attend.
This event is to inform the communities, and affected landowners, about the organization’s recent and upcoming activity for the STOP the Sandpiper campaign. All communities, grassroots organizations, affected landowners, and Enbridge are invited to attend.
(612) 385 - 1557
Miigwech (thank you)Read more
Love our land, people and all that we are.
Riding the proposed pipeline route again today.. This herd of about 200 horses was along our way late last week. They came to see our horses, and I remembered how the horse nation is so powerful. The sound of their hooves heals and resonates with our Mother Earth. I remember something Chief Frank Fools Crow said, " The saddest thing is not an Indian who is not free, the saddest thing is an Indian who does not remember when he was free." or some words like that. I heard another woman say talk about ecological amnesia. When we forget that we had rice there, or when we forget that the frogs used to sing, or when we forget that there were tall trees there. We cannot forget, and we need to reaffirm those beings, and keep them strong and in our lives.. all around us. That is what this is about. The rights of life, of Mother Earth to continue an existence unencumbered by corporate greed. FTP.. By the way. And have a good day. Prayers for the people the rice, Mother Earth and the horses.. and the water.
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By Winona LaDuke
Lorraine Little of the Enbridge Co. keeps telling regulators and the public that 96 percent of the landowners along the proposed route of the Sandpiper Bakken oil pipeline are friendly and supportive. I don’t believe it.
That might be because of comments submitted to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission: Some 459 opposed the pipeline route, while 37 were proponents of the route. Of those opponents, 387 expressed environmental concerns, 131 expressed concerns about the tribal impact and 347 wanted an alternative route, outside of the lakes. (Remember Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., came out opposing the pipeline a couple of weeks ago, and some 20 state representatives expressed deep concerns about the pipeline process at the PUC.)
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- An environmental group took to the water Friday to protest a proposed oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. About 20 members of Honor the Earth, an environmental advocacy group, hosted a "Paddle Against the Sandpiper" canoe and press event Friday on and near Lake Bemidji.Read more
Click here to view the official comments from Friends of the Headwaters made to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regarding the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline.Read more
Waiting for Obama at Cannon Ball ND (Photo: Chase Iron Eyes)
The full June moon known to First Nation peoples as the Strawberry Moon crept over the trees in the east as the sun set over the Sitting Bull memorial at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. President Obama was scheduled to meet with the tribal council the following day in nearby Cannon Ball, but other than a few tribal flags along Highway 24, things were quiet. Buffalo, horses and cattle grazed peacefully in the rolling green valleys. We had almost completed a 1400-mile trip that began as a visual tour of the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline that had raised more questions than it answered.
A representative from Honor the Earth was along for the ride and we sometimes found ourselves sparring over human and environmental impacts of the pipeline project. Were trains better than pipelines, or are pipeline better than trains?
By Georgianne Nienaber