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.
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.”
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, [email protected]
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