On July 9, 2015, Honor the Earth and The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition seeking federal Endangered Species Act protection for a subspecies of moose found in the Midwest. Climate change, habitat degradation, and disease have driven a nearly 60% drop in Minnesota’s moose population in the last ten years.
On Friday, June 5, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) granted Enbridge Inc. a certificate of need for the Sandpiper pipeline, despite requests from the tribes to postpone this decision to take into account their public hearing process, and despite clear evidence that the pipeline would violate treaty rights and endanger the wild rice and water of the north. The White Earth and Mille Lacs bands of Ojibwe each came out strongly against the Sandpiper pipeline.Read more
June 6th, 2015
ST Paul, MN — Honor the Earth joined IEN, MN350.org, Sierra Club, and others to help organize a the largest march against tar sands that the midwest has ever seen. An estimated 5,000 people came out to demand an end to tar sands extraction and the numerous pipeline projects being pushed on Minnesota's lake country. It was a festive atmosphere, full of art and music and dancing, and at the rally at the state capitol building at the end, leaders from across the country voiced their support for protecting our fresh water and our climate.Read more
In the upcoming months, you will see amazing changes in the work in the North. More people than ever are aware of the threats of new pipelines: not only threats to our water and wild rice, but also the links to climate change and violence against people elsewhere. In early June, the tribal governments of the Mille Lacs and White Earth Bands, joined by the 1855 Treaty Commission, will host public hearings on the Enbridge pipelines. Our people will testify as to why our lakes and wild rice are sacred and worth protecting from dirty oil.Read more
Coalition of Native American and Women’s Organizations File Submission to United Nations Requesting Intervention in Epidemic of Sexual Violence
On April 21, 2015, Honor the Earth was part of a coalition of Native American and women’s organizations that filed a submission to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, requesting UN intervention in the epidemic of sexual violence brought on by extreme fossil fuel extraction in the Great Lakes and Great Plains region.Read more
On Monday, April 13, Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman gave his recommendation to the MN Public Utilities Commission, in favor of granting Enbridge a Certificate of Need for the Sandpiper pipeline.
This is not surprising, given Judge Lipman's refusal to consult with tribal governments, honor our requests to hold public hearings in Indian Country, or take seriously the threats to our water, rice, and way of life that this pipeline would bring with it. But somehow it is still baffling how anyone could conclude that a superhighway of dirty and volatile oil is something Minnesota "needs" passing through its pristine lakes, especially as oil production in the Bakken contracts in response to low oil prices.
Read Honor the Earth's official Press Release in response here.
It's time to turn up the pressure. The official PUC decision on the Certificate of Need is expected sometime in June. If they choose to approve it, we then enter the second phase of the process, the selection of route. In the upcoming months we intend to increase our opposition to this extreme extraction project, this violation of our sovereignty and our treaty rights, this threat to our sacred lands. Love Water Not Oil. Please join us today by becoming a Sustaining Member of our movement to protect Mother Earth and our Anishinaabe Akiing.Read more
What started as 375,000 barrels of oil per day crossing by Rice Lake and the Mississippi Headwaters, is now almost l.5 million barrels per day in the Enbridge lines. Also, Enbridge proposes to abandon a rusting Line 3 and leave it in the ground, with a lot of unknown consequences, and rebuild it in the Sandpiper corridor. In late January, public hearings were held across MN for the Sandpiper “Certificate of Need”. Tribal Attorney Joe Plummer represented the White Earth band at the hearings. To be clear: if the Minnesota Public Utilities commission grants this certificate of need, Enbridge will be able to seize private property through eminent domain.
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Dear Governor Dayton,
Oil companies are asking too much of our state. While we remain in a fossil fuel economy at the present, sending one new pipeline, and two dramatically expanded Enbridge Oil pipelines across the beautiful North Country, is wrong and is not a good move for Minnesota. I am asking you to oppose the Sandpiper and to take a leading role to place a moratorium on new pipelines in the north lakes country. (view maps which illustrate the danger of this pipeline here)
By Winona LaDuke
The Enbridge Company has announced its looking for a new tribal relations specialist for northern Minnesota. They are hiring. This is going to be interesting, particularly since no tribal government or Native organization, or, let’s just say, traditional Native person in the north seems to want this Sandpiper pipeline. Chairwoman Karen Diver of the Fond du Lac Ojibwe wrote a letter this last month, expressing significant concerns about both the pipeline and Enbridge’s safety record, in light of significant tribal harvesting interests. This letter follows resolutions by tribal governments, testimony and legal interventions opposing the Sandpiper, by the White Earth and Mille Lacs band, and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. In short, it’s tricky terrain.
This reminds me of the federal government’s Office of the Nuclear Waste Negotiator in the l980s. This guy was charged with getting communities to consider a no strings attached grant to review nuclear waste options, and then a bigger grant to look at it some more. Now, no one wanted really to hang out with this guy, I’m betting, but l6 of the 20 recipients of the initial money were Indian tribes, so he was working hard to get Native people involved. And, after all a lot of tribes were pretty poor at that time, so it was a good target, besides having all that land. As a matter of fact, there was this great promotional literature, which referred to Native people being really the guardians of Mother Earth, so naturally we would feel really comfortable caring for nuclear waste. Well, as we know, this has not yet worked out. (I did testify at the hearing on the nuclear waste repository potential site called the Headwaters Site, right by the Mississippi Headwaters. At the hearing, I explained that I understood that it was a suppository, not a repository. But that’s last millennium news.)
Enbridge’s proposal is not a lot different. A 60-year-old corporation asks a people who have lived here for 8, 000 years to assume the liability for a pipeline that carries oil through your territory. It is not as if we do not notice that the profit is being made at either end, except for those tax and a minimum benefits we get along with that liability. With 800 spills and counting, and a new proposal to put 400, 000 barrels of tar sands oil in a 50-year-old pipeline with a whole bunch of structural problems, Enbridge is going to need one sweet talking Native. After all, Red Lake, Leech Lake, White Earth and Fond du Lac are all impacted by these pipeline proposals, and those Ojibwe can be, well. Contentious.
Best of luck to you, guys.Read more