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OJIBWE TRIBE HAS ASKED A FEDERAL JUDGE TO REJECT MINNESOTA'S "MERITLESS" RESISTANCE TO AN ENBRIDGE PIPELINE-RELATED LAWSUIT

Law360 By Victoria McKenzie (September 9, 2021, 4:11 PM EDT) -- An Ojibwe tribe has asked a federal judge to reject Minnesota's "meritless" resistance to an Enbridge Pipeline-related lawsuit in tribal court, saying the state is trying to dodge tribal court jurisdiction.

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Winona LaDuke Feels That President Biden Has Betrayed Native Americans

"Right now in northern Minnesota, the Canadian oil-and-gas-transport company Enbridge is building an expansion of a pipeline, Line 3, to carry oil through fragile parts of the state’s watersheds as well as treaty-protected tribal lands. Winona LaDuke, a member of the local Ojibwe tribe and a longtime Native rights activist, has been helping to lead protests and acts of civil disobedience against the controversial $9.3 billion project. “I spend a lot of time,” she says, “fighting stupid ideas that are messing with our land and our people.” So far the efforts of LaDuke, who is 61 and who ran alongside Ralph Nader as the Green Party’s vice-presidential nominee in 1996 and 2000, have been in vain."

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NEW AD CAMPAIGN: WATER PROTECTORS URGE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND ARMY CORPS LEADER JAIME PINKHAM TO STOP THE ENBRIDGE LINE 3 PIPELINE

"NEW SIX-FIGURE AD CAMPAIGN:

WATER PROTECTORS URGE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND ARMY CORPS LEADER JAIME PINKHAM TO STOP THE ENBRIDGE LINE 3 PIPELINE "

 

 

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New front in Line 3 legal fight: Wild rice is plaintiff in lawsuit against DNR

"Opponents of the new Line 3 oil pipeline being built across northern Minnesota have argued for years that it endangers dwindling stands of wild rice, a plant sacred to many Indigenous people.

Now, the wild rice is speaking up for itself."

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Bon Iver, Lissie to headline Water is Life concert in Duluth on Aug. 18

"Honor the Earth, an environmental organization co-founded by Winona LaDuke and the Indigo Girls, will present a “Water is Life” benefit concert at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park on Aug. 18. Wisconsin’s Bon Iver will headline the concert, with support from Baltimore vocalist Mumu Fresh; Iowa singer-songwriter Lissie“No More Pipeline Blues” contributor Dorene Day (Waubanewquay); Warm Springs singer-songwriter Quiltman; Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artist Larry Long; Low singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk; the Pines’ David Huckfelt; Duluth guitar picker Charlie Parr; Leech Lake member Annie Humphrey; Duluth folk group Superior Siren; and Diné blues artist Corey Medina, with additional acts to be announced. Tickets are on sale via First Avenue for $65."

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Just Out of Jail, Winona LaDuke Decries Militarized Crackdown on Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Protests

"Nearly 600 water protectors have been arrested during ongoing protests in Minnesota against the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline at the Shell River, which the partially completed pipeline is set to cross in five places. On Monday, authorities arrested Indigenous leader Winona LaDuke and at least six others. She was just released from jail yesterday and joins us after three nights in jail."

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BREAKING/DEVELOPING STORY: ​Winona LaDuke Among 7 Women Arrested Today at the Shell River; ENBRIDGE TO DRILL LINE 3 UNDER THE SHELL RIVER IN ANISHINAABE TREATY LANDS

HUBBARD COUNTY – July 19, 2021 -- Today women and other Water Protectors from across multiple communities in Minnesota sat together at the Shell River, near Park Rapids, Minnesota, in peaceful prayer to oppose the construction of Line 3, the largest tar sands pipeline ever constructed.  Seven women were arrested, and zip tied this afternoon – including Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth. These women represent many others who stand in solidarity with the protection of water across Anishinaabe treaty lands. To date, over 500 people have been arrested expressing opposition to Line 3.

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CELEBRITIES URGE BIDEN TO HALT PIPELINE THROUGH MINNESOTA TRIBAL LANDS

WASHINGTON — Over 200 celebrities, Democratic donors and environmental activists are calling on President Joe Biden to cancel a proposed oil pipeline expansion and rerouting in Minnesota.

A letter first reviewed by NBC News urges the Biden administration to follow through on campaign promises to address climate change and respect Indigenous and tribal rights by ending the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. Many who signed the letter worked on or contributed to Biden's presidential campaign, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, Joaquin Phoenix, Danny Glover, Jane Fonda, Amy Schumer, Bon Iver and Mark Ruffalo, among others, as well as former Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer and the executive director of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune.

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MARK RUFFALO, INDIGENOUS AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS CALL ON BIDEN AND ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CANCEL LINE 3 PIPELINE

(Washington, DC) -- Today, Indigenous, environmental, and allied activists, including Mark Ruffalo, Winona LaDuke (Executive Director, Honor the Earth), Tara Houska (Founder, Giniw Collective) and Moneen Nasmith (Attorney, Earthjustice) held a press call to follow their letter sent to the Biden administration calling for an immediate stop to the Line 3 pipeline. 

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WATER PROTECTORS SHUT DOWN DRILLING UNDER THE WILLOW RIVER AND FACE ARREST

(Palisade, MN) -- 07/06/2021 -- Early Tuesday morning, dozens of water protectors standing in solidarity with Indigenous-led resistance shut down work at a Line 3 construction site by locking themselves to equipment and building several blockades on access roads. Two people surrounded by flowers locked themselves inside of a vehicle, while two others locked to drilling equipment inside the site. Most likely they will face arrest sometime today.

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