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A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race

"The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever before, as the 2020 election is fully underway. "

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California Tribal Village Uses Solar Energy

The first solar farm in North Dakota went up this year — the Cannon Ball Community Solar Farm on the Standing Rock Reservation.

Read more at: https://truthout.org/articles/amid-blackout-a-california-tribal-village-kept-lights-on-with-solar-energy/

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Akiing: Where the Wild Rice Grows

It is Manoominike Giizis, the Wild Rice Making Moon.  For thousands of years, Native people have gone to these lakes, listened to the sounds of geese, cranes, and swans as they fly overhead.  This is a wild rice ecosystem.  We take to the lakes with tobacco in hand, canoes, poles and sticks, the same way as our ancestors have for a thousand years.   Manoomin, or wild rice, feeds both the bodies and spirits.

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"The Ride of the Water Protectors," Winona LaDuke

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The Ride is something which is legendary in our family.  Inspired by a set of dreams, for seven years, I’ve been riding on horseback along the proposed Enbridge Line 3 route, honoring water, and continuing a resistance to proposals of greed, that would destroy some beautiful places. That’s about three hundred miles of terrain, some of it scarred by three or more Enbridge pipes, but much of it untouched by Enbridge. It remains untouched because of the commitment of water protectors, landowners, tribal governments and people of Minnesota.

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Minnesota Supreme Court denied justice to the Anishinaabe people, declining to review an appalling decision by the Court of Appeals.

MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT DENIES NEED FOR TRIBAL CULTURAL PROPERTIES SURVEY IN APPEAL OF ENBRIDGE’S LINE 3 FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (FEIS). This week, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied justice to the Anishinaabe people, declining to review an appalling decision by the Court of Appeals. On June 3, the Appeals Court decided f to require an assessment of the potential of oil spill impacts on Lake Superior, but that there was no need to conduct a tribal cultural impact study on the proposed Enbridge Line 3 in northern Minnesota. This tar sands pipeline is proposed in a new corridor across 41 wild rice watersheds. This decision allows state agencies to forgo on-the-ground surveys before permitting construction projects that may destroy native cultural properties.

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TransCanada Bribed Nebraska County Commissioner with $49,000 “Bonus” if “Works Well With Them” to Get KXL Built

Canadian pipeline company TransCanada (now called “TC Energy”) bribed a Nebraska County Commissioner, offering a “bonus” of $49,000 if the Commissioner “worked well with them” to see that its controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline project was ushered through to completion.

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August 9th Tribal Members to Canoe-kayak-float the Nemidji River to Gichigami to celebrate, protect and heal Lake Superior waters from past and future Enbridge pipeline problems.

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MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN CITIZENS AND TRIBAL MEMBERS TO RALLY AUGUST 9 TO CELEBRATE, PROTECT AND HEAL THE RIVER; 10 EXISTING AND 2 PROPOSED ENBRIDGE FACILITIES COULD TURN RIVER AND GICHI GAMI INTO “A FOSSIL FUEL SACRIFICE ZONE”

GICHI GAMI (LAKE SUPERIOR) – August 7, 2019 -- On Friday, August 9, 2019, Honor the Earth will sponsor a Love Water rally at the Nemadji River to celebrate, protect and heal Gichi Gami waters from past and future harm caused by current and proposed fossil fuel facilities along its banks. The public is invited to rally for both the Nemadji River and Gichi Gami waters, and share a canoe, kayak and shore lunch, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Nemadji Public Access off 31st Street 2 blocks south of U.S. Highway 2 in Superior, Wisconsin.

  • A Noon Press Conference is scheduled at the same

For thousands of years indigenous peoples lived in harmony with the Nemadji River, which means “left hand river.” But now it is threatened by 10 existing and two-proposed Enbridge oil pipelines, Enbridge’s massive Superior crude oil terminal, the Husky Oil Refinery that uses highly toxic hydrogen fluoride, and Minnesota Power’s proposed NTEC natural gas power plant.

“The oil and gas industry want to make the Nemadji River a fossil fuel sacrifice zone, rather than recognize that we need to transition toward clean renewable energy,” said Winona LaDuke, Executive Director and co-founder of Honor the Earth. She added,

“We will gather to celebrate all water protectors and to remind our governments of their responsibility to preserve the Nemadji River, Lake Superior, and our planet for future generations.”

“We know that some state legislators are trying to criminalize the peoples’ rights to exercise rights to gather, seek redress of grievances, and exercise free speech,” said Frank Bibeau, Chippewa (Ojibwe) tribal attorney adding, “but we Ojibwe also have historic and federally protected rights to hunt, fish and gather as part of earning a modest living – and the right to protect our homelands.”

Tribes Recently Field a Joint Petition for Review to Minnesota Supreme Court on Impacts to Tribal Cultural Properties; A Second Federal Lawsuit Asks for Removal of Enbridge Pipelines that Add Risk to Reservation Lands

  • On July 3, 2019, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, White Earth Band of Ojibwe and the Red Lake Nation filed a joint Tribal petition for review to the Minnesota Supreme Court, arguing that the PUC failed to adequately assess potential impacts to Ojibwe cultural properties through an on-the-ground survey before it approved construction of the proposed Line 3
  • On July 23, 2019, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed a federal lawsuit against Enbridge to remove the old pipelines that are an ever-increasing risk to on reservation tribal
  • On May 7, 2019, Honor the Earth appealed the PUC’s decision approving the proposed NTEC natural gas- fired power plant to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, because it failed to analyze the negative impacts of this plant on the environment. The proposed location of this plant is immediately adjacent to known Ojibwe burial sites and non-Indian cemeteries on the banks of the Nemadji River. Given the long use of the Nemadji River by indigenous peoples, Honor the Earth is concerned that construction of the plant would destroy Ojibwe cultural properties and burial

“The proposed pipelines and power plant are all interrelated and based on a long-term vision of continuous expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure – what the Ojibwe call the scorched path,” LaDuke explained. “We hope that others will walk with us on a better path, one that leads to health, safety, and peace.”

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For more information – or to interview Winona LaDuke, or Frank Bibeau about the event and the ongoing efforts around Line 3 and other issues – please contact martin Keller, Media Savant Communications, 612-729-8585, mkeller@mediasavantcom.com

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River Rights?

In a growing global movement, environmentalists are trying a new legal route to protect the planet - vesting rivers and reefs with "rights of nature"

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Sleeping with the Wiindigo, and how to wake up

 

By Winona LaDuke

Way to go Fond du Lac. First you all throw us under the bus over a pipeline. All Minnesota Chippewa Tribes opposed the pipeline formally, but then, you went rogue on us. We all sort of get it, after all it was a difficult decision, sort of a Sophie’s Choice decision forced upon you by the rogue Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval of Line 3. Honestly, $250 million is a good selling price for a tribe, if you’re gonna take it.

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Who would benefit from Enbridge's Line 3?

It turns out that money can buy you love in a few places. After all, Enbridge spent $11 million this past year - the largest amount of any corporate interest - to lobby Minnesota Public Utilities.

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