Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Solidarity Campaign launch and other news

In this blog:

  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Solidarity Campaign launching July 25
  • Retiring a racist mascot, without apology
  • All fracked up and nowhere to go: Falling oil market poses lesson for Minnesota regarding new fossil fuel infrastructure

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Solidarity Campaign launching July 25

Mysti Babineau (Red Lake) and MN350 are launching the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Solidarity Campaign to activate communities to recognize the simultaneous violence against Indigenous communities and our sacred ecosystems. You are invited to learn more about the campaign and about how you can contribute to this work. Click on the link for more details.

Retiring a racist mascot, but no apology

The good news is that after way, way, way too long, the Washington football team is going to CHANGE THE NAME. The bad news is that Daniel Snyder just doesn’t seem to get it; he doesn’t seem to be making the change  because it’s the right thing to do, but because the corporate pressure got to be too much.

A team announcement said it would be “retiring” the Reds*ins name and logo. That’s a far cry from acknowledging the harm done or making an apology. “Retirement” congers an image of trotting out the team mascot one last time to get a gold watch and a bag of golf clubs to the cheers of adoring fans.

While the name change seems begrudging, it’s being well received in Indian Country. The National Congress of American Indians released the following statement:

“Today is a day for all Native people to celebrate. We thank the generations of tribal nations, leaders, and activists who worked for decades to make this day possible. We commend the Washington NFL team for eliminating a brand that disrespected, demeaned, and stereotyped all Native people, and we call on all other sports teams and corporate brands to retire all caricatures of Native people that they use as their mascots. We are not mascots — we are Native people, citizens of more than 500 tribal nations who have stood strong for millennia and overcome countless challenges to reach this pivotal moment in time when we can help transform America into the just, equitable, and compassionate country our children deserve.”

All fracked up and nowhere to go: Falling oil market poses major lesson for Minnesota regarding new fossil fuel infrastructure

Here’s foreboding news from the New York Times: Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Raising Climate Fears — Oil and gas companies are hurtling toward bankruptcy, raising fears that wells will be left leaking planet-warming pollutants, with cleanup cost left to taxpayers.

This is a warning to Minnesota politicians and regulators about the future of Enbridge Line 3. The story is about how the fracking oil industry is crashing. The tar sands oil coming out of Canada — the oil Line 3 would carry — is not only high polluting but expensive to produce. At one point this year, tar sands oil futures were in negative numbers. It’s in danger, too.

According to the Times:

Oil and gas companies in the United States are hurtling toward bankruptcy at a pace not seen in years, driven under by a global price war and a pandemic that has slashed demand. And in the wake of this economic carnage is a potential environmental disaster — unprofitable wells that will be abandoned or left untended, even as they continue leaking planet-warming pollutants, and a costly bill for taxpayers to clean it all up.

If Minnesota allows Enbridge to build Line 3 and the tar sands industry implodes, does the state have enough guarantees from Enbridge that it will clean up its mess, or will state taxpayers get stuck with the bill? The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission required Enbridge to create a “Decommissioning Trust Fund,” carry insurance to cover potential oil spills, and provide other guarantees.

They look good on paper, but will reality meets expectations?

Minnesota’s taking a big risk for a project it doesn’t need. And the demise of the tar sands industry’s profitability might be coming much sooner than expected when Enbridge first put the Line 3 proposal on the table.


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