FYI Water Protectors: Governor Dayton is Holding Water Quality Town Hall Meetings

Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith have organized ten town hall meetings around the state giving Minnesotans an opportunity to discuss the water quality challenges, learn from experts, and engage with policymakers. The goal is to spur collaboration and action to improve Minnesota’s water quality 25 percent by 2025.

This is another opportunity for those opposed to the expanded tar sands pipeline through northern Minnesota (Enbridge Line 3) to engage with state leaders and make your voices heard. A major tar sands pipeline spill would set water quality back significantly. Enbridge, a Canadian oil transportation company, has proposed abandoning an existing and failing pipeline (Line 3) and installing a new and larger pipeline, including a partial reroute. The proposed route would cut right through the Mississippi headwaters region as well as prime wild ricing areas. (For more background, click here.)

Here are the cities and dates for the Town Hall meetings.

More news and events follow.

Tribes Stepping Up to Stop Line 3

Spurred by the powerful witness of the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, Minnesota’s Native nations are stepping up to stop Enbridge Line 3, a proposed tar sands crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. On July 12, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was approved as an official intervenor in the contested case against the pipeline, according to an article on the Stop Line 3 website. Now all five of Minnesota’s affected Ojibwe nations — White Earth, Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Red Lake and Leech Lake — are intervenors.

More Native nations are getting active in pipeline issues, the story said: “Now, as awareness of pipelines and spill risk skyrockets, and resistance sparked by Standing Rock builds, more and more people are asking for the full rights of a stakeholder in the Line 3 decision, and tribal governments are taking a more proactive approach to protecting natural resources on ceded territories …”

Foundation Honors Standing Rock For its Courage

The Wallace Global Fund is giving the Standing Rock Nation $250,000 for its courageous opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and pledging to invest $1 million in Standing Rock-led initiatives to develop renewable energy, according to a story in Indian Country Today.

The foundation was started by Henry A. Wallace, Vice President under Franklin D. Roosevelt. According to the article:

The Wallace fund also bestowed its first-ever Henry A. Wallace Award to the Standing Rock Sioux for their “unwavering courage” in the face of the assault by a public-private partnership of counterterrorism forces using military methods. Wallace spent his life championing democracy and warning against the dangerous impulses that could undermine it, personified by “those who care only about money and privilege—who obtain political power by pretending to care about ordinary people and democracy—who blame all bad things on disfavored minorities, racial, religious or otherwise. Who use lies, media propaganda and snide conspiracy theories to mislead the people into giving them power,” said Scott Wallace, Co-Chair of the Wallace Global Fund and grandson of the founder.

Volunteer Tutors Sought for Anishinaabe Academy

The organization Reading Partners, is looking for volunteers to work on reading skills with students at Anishinabe Academy in south Minneapolis, 3100 Est 28th Street. Its goal is to reduce the achievement gap by giving Native, people of color, and students experiencing poverty the one-on-one support they need to succeed in school. The program focuses on developing a positive mentoring relationship between tutor and student, and uses a curriculum that is proven to improve reading proficiency, its announcement said.

Reading Partners needs volunteers during the school day, 8:30am-3pm, Monday-Thursday.  Volunteers commit to one hour a week (or more, if able). The program provides training and ongoing support for all volunteers.  If you or someone you know is interested, send an email, or sign up to volunteer.
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