Reads: Bois Forte faces casino boycott over anti-mining stance; Trump gets one vote from Red Lake Nation presidential primary; and more

In this blog:

  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa faces casino boycott over its anti-mining stance
  • Trump got only one vote in Red Lake Nation’s presidential primary
  • Bad River Band in Wisconsin demands Enbridge pay millions in damages for its crude oil pipeline’s trespass
  • Los Angeles clean energy priorities are making changes in Navajo economy
  • Application withdrawn for $20 billion Alberta tar sands mining project

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa faces casino boycott over its anti-mining stance

On Jan. 31, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) and two other Congresspeople expressing their support for McCollum’s bill that would ban copper mining on federally owned wilderness near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe include six bands, including the Boise Forte Band of Chippewa. In response to the letter, some pro-mining groups are boycotting Bois Forte’s Fortune Bay Casino. According to the Star Tribune, it started with state Sen. Tom Bakk, who decided to move a DFL fundraising golf tournament from Fortune Bay to Giants Ridge. Others followed.

Then the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce — which represents Eveleth, Gilbert, Mountain Iron and Virginia — canceled an annual dinner at the resort and took it to Mountain Iron. The United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, too, yanked its golf fundraiser.

On Monday, the Lake Vermilion chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association canceled its annual banquet at the resort, an event that was expected to draw about 200 people.

Ely Mayor Chuck Novak is supporting the boycott and encouraging others, such as the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, to do the same, according to a story in the Hibbing Daily Journal.

Trump got only one vote in Red Lake Nation’s presidential primary

Native News Online provides a glimpse into Red Lake Indian Reservation’s results in the Minnesota primary.

“Write-In” garnered more votes than the incumbent president. When adding up all of the votes on the Republican side of the ledger in Tuesday’s election, Trump garnered only a single vote throughout the 4 precincts on the reservation. “Write-in” earned the support of two voters. Hence, the sitting president lost his own party’s primary by a 2-1 margin.

By contrast Red Lake members cast 434 votes in the Democratic primary. Click on the link above for the full story.

Bad River Band in Wisconsin demands Enbridge pay millions in damages for pipeline trespass

The Bad River Band is demanding Enbridge pay $45 million to settle its lawsuit against the company because its Line 5 pipeline has been trespassing on Tribal lands, KBJR reports. Bad River also is demanding that Enbridge “decommission Line 5 or reroute it outside the Bad River watershed,” the story said.

An Enbridge letter reprinted in the article offered corporate double speak: “We’re committed to continuing to work with the Band to find a solution that respects their needs and desires and provides for the ongoing operation of this important piece of energy infrastructure.” PUt in plain English, Enbridge is going to keep running its pipeline until courts force it to do otherwise.

The lawsuit isn’t expected to go to trial until mid-2021. Click on the link for the full story.

Los Angeles clean energy priorities are making changes in Navajo economy

The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station was once the third largest carbon emitter in the United States, according to a story in Indian County Today. It shut down last November after the city of Los Angeles sold its shares in the plant, due to the city’s commitment to transition to clean energy.

The coal plant contributed $51 million annually to the economies in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Now Los Angeles and the Navajo Nation are exploring new solar and wind energy partnerships that would benefit both parties. Click on the link for more details.

Application withdrawn for Frontier tar sands mining project in Alberta

Good news for those opposing the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline through northern Minnesota. Teck Resources last month pulled its application for a $20 billion tar sands mine in Alberta. Political pressure about its climate damage impacts proved its undoing, according to a CBC story. Teck CEO and president Don Lindsay sent a letter to federal regulators announcing its decision to pull the application for Frontier Mine.

“Unfortunately, the growing debate around this [climate change] issue has placed Frontier and our company squarely at the nexus of much broader issues that need to be resolved. In that context, it is now evident that there is no constructive path forward for the project,” he wrote.

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