Crow & Lummi, Dirty Coal & Clean Fishing
- Winona LaDuke
“The tide is out and the table is set…” Justin Finkbonner gestures to the straits on the edge of the Lummi reservation. This is the place where the Lummi people have gathered their food for a millennium. It is a fragile and bountiful ecosystem, part of the Salish Sea, newly corrected in it’s naming by cartographers. When the tide goes out, the Lummi fishing people go to their boats—one of the largest fishing fleets in any Indigenous community. They feed their families, and they fish for their economy.Read more
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“This is land that has been in my family for decades. It is prime Red River valley agriculture land. It was handed down to me by my mother and father when they passed away, and I’m intending to hand it down to my children when I pass away …. My wife and I have …told our children that we will pass this on. Of course if 225,000 barrels of oil bursts through this thing, that certainly is the end of this family legacy. “
James Botsford, North Dakota landownerRead more
There’s a beauty in the breath of horses, fall mornings’ breath seen in the air, and the smell and sound of horses. We rode horses from the Headwaters of the Mississippi along the proposed route of a new oil pipeline that would cross the reservation. It was the third of a series of rides on oil pipeline routes.
especially grateful, as on November 25, the Minnesota federal court, recognized that Anishinaabe people have a right to continue that covenant with the Creator to live that Anishinaabe life.
I am thankful to the Anishinaabeg men , who were hauled into state court charged with buying and selling walleyes from lakes on the Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations. Those men had their charges dismissed. I am thankful to these men and to our ancestors, who negotiated complex treaty agreements with the US government in l837, l842, l855 and l867.In the US constitution, treaties are the supreme law of the land. They are agreements between all of our ancestors..Read more
In the North, our land and water - lifeblood of the Anishinaabeg peoples - sustains and nourishes us. One-fifth of the world's fresh surface water supply lies here and it is worth protecting. But our land and water are being threatened by:
- Enbridge pipelines transporting ever larger amounts of Tar Sands oil (and also toxic lighter “diluents”) across Minnesota.
- Including permits sought by Calumet Refinery to ship oil on Lake Superior.
Our sacred "Wild Rice Beds,” Lakes and Rivers are precious and our Regional Fisheries generate $7.2 billion annually and support 49,000 jobs. But now Enbridge Inc., responsible for the largest on-land spill in U.S. history, wants to increase the amount of Alberta Tar Sands Diluted Bitumen (DilBit) in its Alberta Clipper pipeline to a maximum of 880,000 barrels a day. Already 1.7 million barrels of oil flow through and across Minnesota daily, but even this is not enough. Increasing the amount of Alberta Tar Sands Diluted Bitumen through Minnesota holds with it an unacceptable level of environmental risks.Read more
Honor the Earth staff and Board wish to thank the many musicians, volunteers and people who came to our three shows- Madison, St. Paul and Bayfield. We had a beautiful journey.
The voice of Jennifer Kreisberg rang, music of Kelly Jackson (Nammy Award Winner 2013) in Madison, echoed strong, and we always thank the Indigo Girls. At this show, Bad River Anishinaabe Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins addressed a sold out crowd and encouraged continued resistance to the GTAC taconite mine proposal.Read more
White Earth Reservation, MN - September 5th, 2013 - On Wednesday, September 4th the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to authorize a contested case review on the expansion of the “Alberta Clipper” pipeline, also known as Line 67, which is owned by Enbridge Inc. Enbridge plans to invest $159 million in extra pumping stations to increase capacity by 40 percent to 800,000 barrels per day. In July, Enbridge won PUC approval for a smaller capacity increase in which Honor the Earth’s executive director, Winona LaDuke put forward testimony opposing such actions:Read more
By David Swanson - Warisacrime.org
Hammer in hand, one sees nails everywhere. Successful unpunished genocide at home in hand, the Pentagon sees Indian Country on six continents. But don't imagine the U.S. military is finished with the original Indian Country yet, including Native American reservations and territories, and including the places where the rest of us now live.Read more
“In the far back times of the Dine people, monsters roamed the lands. And in those times, there were great beings who were called upon to slay the monsters. We need some modern-era monster slayers….” —Anna Rondon, DineRead more