News and Events: MMIW virtual events, Migizi gets new digs, Line 3 frontline fundraisesr and more

In this blog:

  • MMIW virtual events Feb. 11-14 (instead of the annual Feb. 14 march)
  • Film screening to fight Fossil Fuels – Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance, a two-week long fundraiser for Line 3 frontline resistance (Feb. 5-21)
  • Workshops on Parallel Trauma and Line 3, Feb. 8-10
  • Latest round of Line 3 law enforcement bills under $4,000
  • Miigizi gets news digs!
  • New info graphic: Map the Blake Snake

MMIW virtual events

File: People crown the Minneapolis American Indian Center gym ahead of the annual MMIW March.

COVID will prevent this year’s Missisng and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIW-R) march, so organizers have put together a four-day series of virtual events. It will include a sacred fire, a virtual art workshop, a community sharing day, and a panel discussion on Feb. 14.

Here’s the Facebook Page with more details.

Throughout the four days, organizers are encouraging people to post photos and content they have created that raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. Please upload photos and use the following hashtags:

Film screening of ‘Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance,’ a two-week long frontline fundraiser

Extinction Rebellion and other groups are organizing a two-week fundraiser for Indigenous water protectors. The online event will feature ongoing showings of the film “Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance” as well as an educational panel on work at Line 3 resistance sites.

For more details, check out the Facebook event here. Click here to register.

The online movie fundraiser will take place February 5th-February 21st, daily from 7 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. CT. Registrants can donate on a sliding scale and then watch at their leisure within that time frame. Proceeds will go to Indigenous water protectors in the Giniw Collective and Camp Miigizi.

The panel will be on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. CT. It will unveil a series of trainings and resources leading up to possible actions. Panelists will include Tara Houska, a tribal attorney and founder of the Giniw Collective and Taysha Martineau, two spirit Indigenous anarchist, Fond Du Lac Band Member, founder of Camp Miigizi, and co-Founder Gitchigumi Scouts.

Workshops on Parallel Trauma and Line 3, Feb. 8-10

The Clouds in Water Zen Center is offering three free online workshops next week that will put the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline in the broader context of the historical trauma suffered by Indigenous people from centuries of U.S. genocidal policies, and the little-discussed parallel trauma of the perpetrators who have done such great harm

While by no means comparable traumas, both victims and perpetrators need healing. Indigenous women will lead all three workshops, which will include presentations, small group discussions, and Q & A.

The Parallel Trauma and Line 3 workshops will be held at 7 p.m. on three consecutive nights, Monday, Feb. 8 to Wednesday, Feb. 10. All are welcome. No registration needed. The Zoom link is on the event page.

The presenters are Jewell Arcoren (Dakota/Sisseton Whapeton Nation), who will speak Monday and Tuesday on parallel trauma, and Nookomis Debra Topping (Anishinaabe/Fond du Lac Band) who will speak on Line 3 Wednesday.

Latest round of Line 3 law enforcement bills under $4,000

This blog reported Jan. 20 on Beltrami County’s request for reimbursement for $190,000 in Line 3-related law enforcement expenses. We promised to publish periodic updates. In the past two weeks, new reimbursement requests were under $4,000.

That means that Line 3 direct actions haven’t been that big a deal, or that local law enforcement is just slow submitting its bills.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC’s) Line 3 Route Permit required Enbridge to establish a “Public Safety Escrow Account” to reimburse state and local law enforcement for additional public safety costs they incurred around Line 3’s construction.

The Pequot Lakes Police Department requested $612 for staff time and mileage for “Aitkin County Response/Training” (no further details). The Beltrami County Sheriff requested $3,221 for four deputies and mileage (208 miles round trip) to help respond to an unspecified Jan. 16 event in Aitkin County.

Migizi gets news digs!

MIGIZI is now the proud owner of 1845 E Lake St., Minneapolis, previously Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, the non profit announced by email today.

MIGIZI, a Native-led organization supporting Indigenous youth, lost its building last year in one of the fires set during the uprising over George Floyd’s murder. Migizi had opened its new building in 2019, a block away from the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct headquarters which was a target of protestors.

Fires ruined the Minneapolis Police Department Third Precinct and nearby buildings during the uprising, including MIGIZI’s building. (Photo: Lorie Shaull)

Migizi also announced the creation of the Laura Waterman Wittstock Legacy Fund to support future journalists, writers and poets. Waterman Wittstock, a co-founder of Migizi, died earlier this year. She always had a passion to uplift and encourage the next generation of leaders. Migiizi’s goal in the next few years is to grow the fund from $10,000 to the $125,000 needed to establish a scholarship at Minneapolis Foundation. You can send donations to:

MINNEAPOLIS FOUNDATION
800 IDS CENTER,
80 S 8TH STREET
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55402
NOTE: LAURA WATERMAN WITTSTOCK LEGACY FUND

Map the Blake Snake

Check out this great info graphic created by Science for the People called “Mapping the Black Snake: Line 3 and the fight for our future.” You can scroll through a number of images at your own speed and get the basics on why the Line 3 tars sands pipelines should be a nonstarter.

Screen grab from graphic

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