Panel discussion on Minnesota treaties, Line 3 updates, and more

In this blog:

  • Understanding kinship, honoring treaties, a panel discussion Monday
  • Updates on Line 3 legal challenges
  • Line 3 weekly recap, videos and updates
  • DAPL sues Tiger Swan to return secret spy documents

Understanding Kinship in Honoring Treaties, a panel discussion

On Monday, March 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Zoom in to hear a panel discussion about the history of treaty signing in Minnesota, including ties to the Anishinaabeg creation story.

Called “Understanding Kinship in Honoring Treaties,” panelists will be Dale Greene and Bob Shimek, Indigenous treaty rights experts, and Martin Case, author of “The Relentless Business of Treaties.” The inherent conflict between kinship-based relationships to the land and property rights and ownership is reflected in land use and infrastructure today. Learn how treaty rights are invoked to push back against that exploitation. Our speakers will also take time for your questions!

Register here.

Update on Line 3’s legal challenges

Enbridge Line 3 opponents have three major lawsuits to try to overturn the project’s permits. Here’s the update:

1. Multiple parties are suing in the Minnesota Court of Appeals challenging the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s decision to approve Line 3’s Certificate of Need and Route Permit, and its finding that Line 3’s Environmental Impact Statement was adequate.

Oral argument are Tuesday. A decision is expected no later than June 21. The Appeals Court rejected a motion to delay construction until the case was decided. This means the pipeline will be near completion by the time the court issues a ruling. 

Parties Appealing Decision:

  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Honor the Earth and The Sierra Club (Joint Relators)
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Friends of the Headwaters
  • Youth Climate Intervenors

For more on the case, click here.

2. Suit in the Minnesota Court of Appeals against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, trying to reverse its Line 3’s water crossing permits under the Clean Water Act (Section 401). Line 3 would cross more than 200 waterbodies. It would cross under the Mississippi River twice.

Oral argument are yet to be scheduled. A decision is anticipated in August. 

Parties appealing the decision are filing jointly: Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Honor the Earth and The Sierra Club, and Friends of the Headwaters.

3. Suit in Federal District Court in Washington, DC, against the Army Corps of Engineers, an effort to reverse the approval of Line 3’s water crossing permit under the Clean Water Act (Section 401 permit).

Party filings expect to be complete in July. Decision date unknown. 

The parties appealing the permit are:

  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Honor the Earth and The Sierra Club, (Joint Appellants)
  • Friends of the Headwaters (action consolidated)

Line 3 videos and updates

  • Stop Line 3 is posting weekly video updates. The March 8-14 video is about 7 minutes long and opens with Tania Aubid, whose hunger strike to Stop Line 3 entered its fourth week.
  • For those who missed the Jane Fonda interview opposing Line 3, here’s the long-play version, running about 35 minutes.
  • The Giniw Collective issued a media release about water protectors locking down to an Enbridge Line 3 pumping station, temporarily stopping work. Seven people were arrested.

Censored News: DAPL sues hide secret spy documents

Those involved in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) resistance at Standing Rock long suspected that there were many efforts at surveillance and infiltration by law enforcement and DAPL private security.

The stories have been leaking out. In the latest plot twist, DAPL’s owners are suing to get the State of North Dakota to return secret spy document is obtained from firm Tiger Swan, its one-time private security firm.

Click here for the story.

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