Treaty People Gathering, June 5-8; Mississippi canoe paddle May 9, and more

  • Treaty People Gathering: Rise, Protect, Stop Line 3, June 5-8
  • Indigenous women-led Mississippi canoe paddle opposing Line 3, May 9
  • ‘No More Pipeline Blues’: Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls support water protectors
  • Sam Grant: Connecting the Derek Chauvin trial with Enbridge Line 3
  • MPCA still won’t own up to its flawed approval of the PolyMet Mine, harm to Fond du Lac Band

Treaty People Gathering: Rise, Protect, Stop Line 3, a call for nonviolent direction action, June 5-8

Organizations opposed to Enbridge Line have announced Treaty People Gathering. More details soon:

We rise together for treaties. We rise together for climate. We rise together for our water. We rise together for one another. As Enbridge builds Line 3 through Anishinaabe treaty land and the Mississippi Headwaters, we continue to stand strong in our resistance.

We will not stand by and watch a fossil fuel corporation line its pockets as so much is destroyed, producing oil we don’t need. On June 5-8, we will gather in Northern Minnesota to put our bodies on the line, to stop construction and tell the world that the days of tar sands pipelines are over. Only a major, nonviolent uprising – including direct action – will propel this issue to the top of the nation’s consciousness and force Biden to act. We are rising. Join us.

Interested? Sign up using the form below.

Questions? Learn more.

Ready to come to the front lines now? Join us.

May Day for Mother Earth: Indigenous women to lead Mississippi canoe paddle opposing Line 3, May 9

Anishinaabe women Water Protectors and allies are leading a group paddle of the Mississippi River to call for an end to Line 3 on May 9, starting near the Water Protector Welcome Center in Palisade. The event will also introduce the Fossil Fuel Addiction Treatment Center, an Indigenous-led center to help us all heal from our societal and personal addictions to fossil fuel consumption.

After the paddle, there will be a community gathering with food, music, and storytelling. Please RSVP to the event, as it will be a huge help to organizers in accommodating your canoe, kayak or kayak.

‘No More Pipeline Blues’: Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls support water protectors

Bonnie Raitt, the Indigo Girls and Indigenous leaders have released the song “No More Pipeline Blues (On this Land Where We Belong)” for Earth Day via Rock the Cause Records, according to Rolling Stone.

Native Roots Radio and Honor the Earth are hosting an online event tonight, 6-8 p.m. Central Time. Facebook Event Page here. It will feature the Indigo Girls, Annie Humphrey, Lyz Jaakola, Corey Medina and Chastity Brown. Featured Speakers are: Winona LaDuke, Dawn Goodwin, Shanai Matteson, and Chairman Mike Wiggins of the Bad River Bad of Lake Superior Chippewa. The event is cohosted by Paul DeMain & Tania Aubid.

The No More Pipeline Blues song and video supports water protectors in their ongoing resistance to the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline.

Connecting the Derek Chauvin trial with Enbridge Line 3

Check out the interview with Sam Grant, executive director of MN350, in the climate blog Heated, where he connects climate justice and police abolition.

We have a law enforcement system that protects and serves people of privilege, but does not equitably protect and serve the interests of people who are in BIPOC bodies in Northern Minnesota. When our government made the decision to allow the Line 3 pipeline to be built, they decided which lives they chose to listen to, which lives they chose to honor. 

In this moment, post this determination in the Chauvin trial, we need to think about how to amplify the deep, profound intersectionality of violence perpetrated by police with violence perpetrated against the Earth, and join together in a new paradigm of action. That means honoring the well-being of the environment and the well-being of human beings as the same conversation. This is the work going forward. 

Sam Grant, MN350

MPCA still won’t own up to its flawed approval of the PolyMet Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an internal report confirming what has been known for awhile, that the agency failed to follow the Clean Water Act and pollution discharge regulations in its review of the PolyMet Mine.

The EPA failed to properly notify and engage the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa about PolyMet permits, a major failing given the mine would affect the Band’s water quality, specifically mercury pollution.

The EPA also relented to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA’s) reques to read its criticisms of the proposed mine permit over the phone, rather than submitting them in writing, where they would have been public. If the MPCA was truly concerned about environmental justice, as it claims, it would have known that Fond du Lac Band should be part of conversation around PolyMet permits and pressed for its inclusion rather than stifling it.

When asked to respond to the EPA’s new report, MPCA spokesman Darin Broton referred to the court decision “that the MPCA did not deviate from its standard practices when it issued the PolyMet permit,” the Star Tribune reported.

The MPCA is in denial. Its mission is “to protect and improve our environment and human health.” It’s failing at its mission on multiple fronts, including the PolyMet mine. It failed to engage Fond du Lac. It needs to own up to its mistakes.

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