FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2017
Tara Houska, Honor the Earth (612) 226-9404
Ruth Breech, Rainforest Action Network (415) 238-1766
Indigenous Groups Lead Movement to Call on Banks to Drop
Enbridge’s Controversial Line 3 Pipeline
Tribal Nations based in Minnesota oppose the project and the Minnesota Department of Commerce has condemned it
Minneapolis, MN -- Today, a coalition of Indigenous, national and international groups join a growing movement placing pressure on financial institutions to drop financially and socially risky projects, delivering a group letter to the 36 banks providing corporate finance to fossil fuel infrastructure giant Enbridge. The groups are calling on the banks to cut business ties with Enbridge Inc. until it stops expanding tar sands operations, one of the most destructive fossil fuels on the planet. Enbridge is the company behind the Line 3 “Replacement” Pipeline project, a controversial project that would cause Indigenous rights abuses and continued contributions towards climate change.Read more
Last week, the Minnesota Department of Commerce shocked us all with its formal testimony in opposition to Line 3:
“Oil market analysis indicates that Enbridge has not established a need for the proposed project; the pipeline would primarily benefit areas outside Minnesota; and serious environmental and socioeconomic risks and effects outweigh limited benefits.”
“Minnesota would be better off if Enbridge proposed to cease operations of the existing Line 3, without any new pipeline being built.”Read more
"Sacred" song and video released on 9.21.17 by Unify on International Peace Day, written by conscious Hip Hop artist J Brave: 100% single proceeds will benefit Honor The Earth
We are excited to share this the "Sacred" music video featuring Porangui and Kayt Pearl written by conscious Hip Hop artist J Brave dropped on Thursday, Sept. 21st with a some help from Unify!! The artists will be giving away 100% of the Bandcamp single proceeds to Honor The Earth supporting the preservation of sacred sites, Native environmental issues, and the protection of indigenous culture.Read more
This Sunday morning, a great one moved on. Bob Gough served as an Honor the Earth board member for many years, and we miss him already. Bob was a leader in the development and advancement of renewable energy on tribal lands.
Bob was a brilliant and generous man, relentless in his advocacy for sustainability and his efforts to apply "indigenuity" as a solution to some of the world’s most wicked problems. We are very grateful for his service, his wisdom, his leadership, and his friendship.
Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth Executive Director, was very close to Gough. “Bob was a true mentor to me, and he encouraged all of my thinking. He was my climate change, resilience, and adaptation guru, and he prodded us all along with a great humbleness. In all of his work he was a beacon, a star of navigation in unknown territory.”
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Originally Published by Duluth News Tribune
by By Lisa Kaczke
With only a few details left to paint on Friday afternoon, a jingle dress dancer looked out onto West Second Street in downtown Duluth from a mural painted on a wall high above.
The mural has been taking shape during the past month on an exterior wall of the American Indian Community Housing Organization's building in downtown Duluth.Read more
We are changing the world. Water protectors have carried the sacred fire from Standing Rock on to other fights. Tribes are standing up. Oil companies are withdrawing from the tar sands. Major cities and banks are divesting.
We offer this Summer Newsletter as a brief update on our work to protect the sacred and lead the transition to a future with clean water and respect for human rights and Mother Earth.
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On May 15, the State of Minnesota released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Enbridge's proposed new Line 3 pipeline. You can view or download the entire DEIS here. This 5000+ page document is an attempt to analyze the potential impacts of the project on Minnesota's environment, public health, tribal resources, climate, etc, and to compare Enbridge's proposed route to several alternatives. The MN Public Utilities Commission is supposed to use it to decide whether or not to grant Enbridge permits for the project.
The State of MN will hold 22 public meetings in June 2017, all over Minnesota, to gather public comment on the DEIS. In theory, they will use the public comments to make improvements before issuing the Final EIS later this year. Click here for the detailed schedule with times and venue addresses.
Read more for background info, instructions on how to submit written comments, guidelines for writing strong comments, and a few suggested talking points based on our initial read of the document.
Join us Friday, June 2nd in LA for a night of community, music and prayer as we premier the "Salmon Will Run" documentary. All proceeds will go to the Winnemem Wintu tribe's salmon restoration project as they continue moving forward with the #Run4Salmon prayer of bringing their salmon home.Read more
Today, community members, First Nations and US Tribal members rally together at the annual general meeting (AGM) of Enbridge Inc to demand respect of Indigenous rights, protection of water, and life. All Indigenous groups and individuals present represent a newly forming cross-border alliance to stop Enbridge's proposed Line 3 pipeline expansion project. US Tribal members will lead a water ceremony and jingle dress dance outside the Enbridge AGM starting at 12:30pm.
In 2016, the Anishinaabeg and people of Minnesota defeated Enbridge’s proposed Sandpiper Project, and now stand ready to defeat Line 3. Similarly, the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project was stopped by the Unistoten Clan, Yinka Dene Alliance, many First Nations and environmental organizations. This newly formed cross-border alliance to stop the Enbridge Line 3 expansion project knows that Indigenous rights can stop development projects. Similarly, Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal project is named in a Canadian Supreme Court challenge by the Chippewas of the Thames on duty to consult, which is awaiting ruling. When Free, Prior and Informed Consent is not respected, it costs companies millions of dollars in litigation, project delays, and shaky investor confidence.
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This blog originally appeared on humansandnature.org
I believe in place. Anishinaabe Akiing, the Land to which the people belong, that’s where I live. I live in the same area as my great-great-great-great-grandparents lived. Nimanoominike, I harvest wild rice on the same lakes, canoe to the same berry patches. I am eternally grateful to my ancestors for their consistency and their commitment to land, to ceremony, and to those who had not yet arrived, like myself. My lake, Round Lake, is where the so-called “last Indian uprising in Minnesota” occurred. And I am eternally grateful to the Skip in the Day Family for demanding justice on our Lake and for stopping the timber barons from stealing all of our great and majestic pines. In walking, riding horse, or canoeing these lakes and this place, I remember those ancestors. And I offer them food and prayers. Those are cool ancestors, great role models.
My mother is the artist Betty LaDuke, and my family on her side hails from the Ukraine. They were Jewish farmers who became union workers in New York City. My great-great-grandfather had a windmill to grind wheat, and was displaced by the burning of coal, and the progress of new mills. My grandmother worked in the garment district and my grandfather worked as a house painter. Decent people. Courageous people. Humble people. I feel that I not only remember them, but live their lives in my own way, particularly that transition of power my ancestors experienced, from their way of life working with water, working with wind, to this fossil fuels mess that I’d like to reverse.Read more