3rd Annual Love Water Not Oil TOUR 2015


We invite the public to join us in August for our 3rd Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour.  Our battle against these pipelines is heating up and we are building our resistance.   Together we will stop them. 

In August we will ride horses and paddle canoes along the proposed pipeline route, upstream against the current of the oil that will never come.   We will connect with the land spiritually and build our power at feasts and concerts along the way, with awesome musicians and freshly harvested wild rice, celebrating the abundance of our Anishinaabe Akiing.

Bring your horses and canoes and join us!   The tour begins on Madeline Island on August 19th and ends on September 2 in Bemidji.  The horseback ride will be from Rice Lake (Mille Lacs) to Rice Lake (White Earth), from August 25-31.  See below for details.  If you plan to join us for any part, or if you're interested in sponsoring, organizing a group, donating, or volunteering, please contact [email protected] to sign up.   

Tentative Schedule: 

August 20:  CONCERT on Madeline Island @ Tom’s Burned Down Café.   Artists: Chastity Brown, Sister Tree, Allison Warden, Annie Humphrey, the Good Sky Boys.   Show at 7pm.  Facebook event page

August 21:  CONCERT on Madeline Island @ Tom’s Burned Down Café.   Artists: Chastity Brown, Sister Tree, Allison Warden, Annie Humphrey, the Good Sky Boys.  Show at 7pm.  Facebook event page

August 22:  CONCERT on Madeline Island @ Tom’s Burned Down Café.   Artists: Chastity Brown, Sister Tree, Allison Warden, Annie Humphrey, the Good Sky Boys.   Show at 7pm.  Facebook event page

August 23:  Breakfast and Art Opening at Northern Prints Gallery at 10AM-12PM for Breakfast and Coffee. Artwork featuring: Cecilia Lieder, Kurt Seaberg and Lithograph’s st Northern Prints Gallery, 318 north 14th Ave. E., Duluth MN (218)724-5212 | www.northernprintsgallery.com.   CONCERT in Duluth @ The Red Herring, doors 6pm show 7pm.  Artists: Chastity Brown, Sister Tree, Allison Warden, Annie Humphrey, the Good Sky Boys.   Recently voted by Star Tribune "Best New Venue" in the state.  Buy tickets here.   Facebook event page.  

August 24:  Ceremony with the Water Walkers in Duluth.  CANOES paddle Big Sandy Lake, south thru Flowage Lake and down the Big Sandy River to meet ricers, camp Raspberry Island on Big Sandy Lake.  Birthday Celebration in Honor of George Aubid. Community Potluck Dinner at the East Lake Community Center starting at 5PM with Live Performances at 7PM featuring Sister Tree, Allison Warden, Annie Humphrey, Goodsky Boys and special guests.   Facebook event page.  

August 25:  Begin RIDE @ Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge, attend Public Utlities Commission's public hearings for the proposed new Line 3 pipeline, 11am and 6pm in McGregor, MN.   Facebook event page.  Canoeists paddle Big Sandy Lake to Aitkin Lake.  Everyone camp in Palisades on private farm.      

August 26:  RIDE Palisades to Outing.   CANOE Roosevelt Lake in Outing, MN, put-in on Hwy 6 just south of town.  Winona will speak at a potluck lunch at 1pm at Luscher Park in Outing, please bring a dish to pass.  In case of rain, we will move to Town Hall.  Contact [email protected] with questions.   DINNER:  6:30pm Casual potluck, pavilion @ Cross Lake Dam.  Camp in Palisades on private farm, or some people can camp at Cross Lake Dam (US Army Corps of Engineers campground) if they want to just stay there after dinner.  

August 27:  RIDE Outing to Pine River.  CANOE:  Nisswa Lake thru Roy, Bass, Upper Gull, and Margaret Lakes to Gull Lake.   Rice harvesters part of 1855 Treaty Commission will harvest on Hole in the Day Lake.   6pm Manoomini Giizis DINNER (Dinner of the Wild Rice Moon) with The Sioux Chef.  Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa, MN.  $40/person.  Get tickets here.    Camp at Army Corps of Engineer campground, Cross Lake. 

August 28:  RIDE:  Pine River to Huntersville.  CANOE Girl Lake in Longville, thru Broadwater Bay and Woman Lake to Little Woman Lake and Child Lake.   DINNER at 6:30pm at Union Congregational Church, Hackensack.    

August 29:  RIDE:  Huntersville to Park Rapids.  OVERNIGHT CANOE:  Crow Wing River, from Hwy 13 bridge just south of 5th Crow Wing Lake, 15 miles to campsite at Tree Farm Landing.   Crow Wing MAP

August 30:  RIDE:  Park Rapids to Itasca State Park.  CANOE: Finish overnight trip on Crow Wing River, from Tree Farm Landing to Anderson's Crossing, just south of Huntersville State Forest.    Crow Wing MAP

August 31:  RIDE: Mississippi Headwaters State Forest to Rice Lake on White Earth Reservation.   Ceremonies in Rice Lake to conclude ride.  CANOE:  None.  Scout upcoming trip on Mississippi River.  

September 1:  OVERNIGHT CANOE: Mississippi River from Coffee Pot Landing to Pine Point Landing.  Mississippi River Headwaters MAP.   

September 2: TEACH-IN, POTLUCK DINNER and CONCERT in Bemidji at the Rail River Folk School.  Artists:  Keith Secola and Annie Humphrey.   Details TBA.  CANOE: Finish overnight on Mississippi River from Pine Point Landing to Rail River Folk School.   Mississippi River Headwaters MAP.  

How it works:  This is a spiritual ride and canoe trip.  Please respect this time as an opportunity to pray and connect with the land, water, and rice that we are protecting.  We will help coordinate logistics as much as possible but we must ask everyone to be self-sufficient and flexible.  For example, we will do our best to find opportunities for horses and canoes to come together but we cannot guarantee campsites for every single person in the same place.  Please bring your own horses, canoes, support vehicles, camping gear, supplies, etc, and be prepared to work together and roll with the punches.   

Canoes:  We have chosen many small sections of the route to canoe, and we invite you to join us for any part.  Most of the time, we are not "canoe-camping" but doing stand-alone day trips in which we will either paddle back to our vehicles at the put-in, or we will work together to shuttle boats and people back.  We do have a canoe trailer, which will help.   But we'll be working together to move vehicles and gear and figure it all out each time.   The 2 exceptions to this are the 2 planned overnight canoe trips - one on the Crow Wing River on 8/29 - 8/30 and one on the Mississippi River from 9/1 - 9/2.  We are pinning down more and more details every day and updating the schedule above as we are able.   If you plan to join us at all, please contact Thane Maxwell at [email protected] or 612-900-5108.   We'll make sure you find us.   

Horses:  This is a spiritual ride, following the instructions in our dreams and in our ceremonies.  We ask you to respect that, and we ask you to have your own horses and ensure they are healthy and up to date on shots, etc.  There will be a number of places to join the ride for a day.  Please contact [email protected] to sign up.  

We need your help!  

This tour won’t be possible without a lot of volunteers.  We need people to:

-       arrange hosts and accommodations for our groups

-       arrange food and water for both people and horses

-       be spotters on the roads while we are on horses

-       drive support vehicles and horse trailers    

-       help put on big public events

We also need people to pray, and support us financially, and speak up for the rice and water.   The time is now.  We look forward to seeing you.


We are truly grateful, and appreciate our sponsors for our Love Water Not Oil Tour 2015 - Thank you !  

August 20, 2015 at 6:00pm - September 02, 2015
Madeline Island to Bemidji
Details TBA
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Thane Maxwell · · 612-900-5108
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