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Three Horseback Journeys Trace Paths of Imminent Pipeline Destruction

There’s a beauty in the breath of horses, fall mornings’ breath seen in the air, and the smell and sound of horses. We rode horses from the Headwaters of the Mississippi along the proposed route of a new oil pipeline that would cross the reservation. It was the third of a series of rides on oil pipeline routes.

 

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Thanksgiving for All

especially  grateful, as on November 25, the Minnesota federal court, recognized that Anishinaabe people have a right to continue that covenant with the Creator to live that Anishinaabe life.

I am  thankful to the  Anishinaabeg men , who were hauled into  state court charged with buying and selling walleyes from lakes on the Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations. Those men had their charges dismissed. I am thankful to these men and to our ancestors, who negotiated complex treaty agreements with the US government in l837, l842, l855 and l867.In the US constitution, treaties are the supreme law of the land. They are agreements between all of our ancestors.. 

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Economics for the Seventh Generation – Part II

We did a study on the White Earth Reservation in 2008 where we interviewed about 200 households, and asked people where they shopped, when they did. We found that our community spent around eight million dollars a year on food purchases for households and tribal programs.  Seven million of those dollars went off reservation to companies like Walmart, Food Service of America, and Sysco. On top of that, the money we spent on reservation was largely sucked up by convenience stores, where we purchased really cool stuff like pop, chips, microwavable pizzas, and baked goods.

So, what are the consequences of this?

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Economics for the Seventh Generation – Part I

“Seems like people don’t want to stick around another thousand years.”    —Mike Wiggins, Tribal Chairman of the Bad River Band of Anishinaabe, on the proposed GTAC taconite mine, which will impact the watershed of the Bad River.

Let’s say that is not true.  Let’s say that we are people who want to live in a way that restores our relationship with Mother Earth. We want to live in small, medium, and large communities, with a low fossil fuel impact on the world.

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Our concerns about the “Enbridge Alberta Clipper Expansion”

In the North, our land and water - lifeblood of the Anishinaabeg peoples - sustains and nourishes us. One-fifth of the world's fresh surface water supply lies here and it is worth protecting. But our land and water are being threatened by:

  • Enbridge pipelines transporting ever larger amounts of Tar Sands oil (and also toxic lighter “diluents”) across Minnesota.
  • Including permits sought by Calumet Refinery to ship oil on Lake Superior.

Our sacred "Wild Rice Beds,” Lakes and Rivers are precious and our Regional Fisheries generate $7.2 billion annually and support 49,000 jobs. But now Enbridge Inc., responsible for the largest on-land spill in U.S. history, wants to increase the amount of Alberta Tar Sands Diluted Bitumen (DilBit) in its Alberta Clipper pipeline to a maximum of 880,000 barrels a day. Already 1.7 million barrels of oil flow through and across Minnesota daily, but even this is not enough. Increasing the amount of Alberta Tar Sands Diluted Bitumen through Minnesota holds with it an unacceptable level of environmental risks.

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Honor Benefit a Great Success - Chi-Miigwech!

Honor the Earth staff and Board wish to thank the many musicians, volunteers and people who came to our three shows- Madison, St. Paul and Bayfield. We had a beautiful journey.

The voice of Jennifer Kreisberg rang, music of Kelly Jackson (Nammy Award Winner 2013) in Madison, echoed strong, and we always thank the Indigo Girls. At this show, Bad River Anishinaabe Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins addressed a sold out crowd and encouraged continued resistance to the GTAC taconite mine proposal.

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Honor the Earth Supports Eco-Cheyenne

Honor the Earth is proud to be partnered with Eco- Cheyenne, in the continuing struggle of the Northern Cheyenne to keep their homeland safe. The Northern Cheyenne wish to keep Arch Coal from their sacred Tongue River and Otter Creek territory. They also continue their opposition to the Tongue River Railroad proposal at the Otter Creek. Its a bad idea, there is no train, and there is no mine.

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Enbridge Finds New Obstacles in Expansion

White Earth Reservation, MN - September 5th, 2013 - On Wednesday, September 4th the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to authorize a contested case review on the expansion of the “Alberta Clipper” pipeline, also known as Line 67, which is owned by Enbridge Inc. Enbridge plans to invest $159 million in extra pumping stations to increase capacity by 40 percent to 800,000 barrels per day. In July, Enbridge won PUC approval for a smaller capacity increase in which Honor the Earth’s executive director, Winona LaDuke put forward testimony opposing such actions:

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Honor the Earth to Ride Pipeline

Dear Friends,

This fall, I am going to stand up against big oil, and I need your help. I am going to join with my brothers and sisters to say no to tar sands oil, no to dirty coal and fracking, and yes to a future which will nourish us. Please join us – we need your support.

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Protect the Cheyenne Ancestral Homeland-Stop Minnesota Power from Buying Cheyenne Coal

Please consider signing it today - Miigwetch

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