Bde Maka Ska Dedication, Mayo Clinic Apologizes for 1862 Grave Robbing, Indigenous Food Tasting, and Other News

Inbox is full with news and events:

  • Dedication for restoring the name Bde Maka Ska set for Saturday.
  • Belated Apology: In 1862, Dr. William Mayo stole the remains of Cut Nose, one of the 38 Dakota men hung in Mankato following the U.S. Dakota War. One hundred and fifty six year’s later, the Mayo Clinic apologizes.
  • Indigenous Food Tasting Oct. 8
  • Mindful direct action training set at Common Ground Meditation Center Saturday.
  • Water protectors face felony trespass charges as they try to stop DAPL in Louisiana, an example of how states are trying to stifle protest with stiffer penalties.

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Follow the “First Nations-Farmer Climate Unity March” Against DAPL in Iowa

Today is Day Three of the “First Nations-Farmer Climate Unity March” in Iowa, an event to highlight ongoing opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and promote dialogue.

If you want to follow along, one of the participants writes the blog “Quakers, social justice and revolution,” and is writing daily posts. Participants will march nearly 100 miles from Des Moines, arriving at Fort Dodge Sept. 8. The march was organized by the environmental advocacy groups Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa. Continue reading

Events: Mendota Pow Wow; Mississippi Headwaters Line 3 Vigil; Iowa Climate March Against DAPL; and More!

Here are several upcoming events to consider for your calendar:

  • First Nation Farmer Climate Unity March against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa, Sept. 1-8
  • Mendota Mdewakanton Tradition Pow Wow, Sept. 7-9 in Mendota
  • Book Event: The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property, Sept. 13 at the Minnesota State Capitol
  • Water Protector Weekend and Mississippi Headwaters Vigil, Sept. 22-24

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Recent Court Wins Over Extractive Industries

Passing along a couple of recent court victories against fossil fuel industries, their pipelines and frac sand.

MPR reported Monday that a divided Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld Winona County’s ban on frac sand mining. According to the story, “Winona County has some of the largest deposits of silica sand, which is used in the controversial technique to force oil out of the ground. … An estimated 100 tons of silica sand are needed each year to support oil drilling.”

The Dakota Access Pipeline is one example of a project that needs frac sand. Winona was the first Minnesota County to pass a countywide ban on frac sand mining.

In other news, a federal judge in Virginia revoked a natural gas pipeline permit saying the federal government had not provided adequate review of its impact on national forests, according to a July 27 story in the Washington Post. The story begins:

A panel of federal judges on Friday rescinded permits for a massive natural gas pipeline to cross the Jefferson National Forest, saying two U.S. agencies had not fully vetted the project and had simply accepted assurances from the builders.

Environmentalists called the decision a major blow against the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which is being built from West Virginia though the rugged terrain of far Southwest Virginia. It will pass through 3.6 miles of the Jefferson National Forest along the West Virginia line in Giles County, tunneling under the Appalachian Trail.

Click on the links above for the full stories.

See also our earlier blog: Oglala Sioux Win Court Victory Stopping Uranium Mine and Other Weekend Reads.

ND Attorney General Says DAPL Land Purchase Illegal; Could Affect Criminal Charges Against Water Protectors

The North Dakota Attorney General says Dakota Access’s land purchase violates the state’s corporate farming law, according to a July 3 Bismarck Tribune article.

The company purchased much of the Cannonball Ranch north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in fall of 2016, when pipeline protests were ongoing in the area.

State law prohibits corporations and limited liability companies from owning or leasing farmland and ranchland unless the land is necessary for commercial development.

According to the Lakota People’s Law Project, this could have a significant impact on criminal charges leveled against water protectors arrested on this property. Since Dakota Access LLC didn’t legally own the land, it didn’t have the right to tell the authorities to evict water protectors.

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The Battle of Hayes Pond; The Battle of Bayou Bridge; and Enbridge’s Fingerprints on Minnesota Pipeline Regulations

Here are a few weekend reads:

  • Remembering the Battle of Hayes Pond, when the Lumbee Nation routed the KKK
  • Touching base on the Battle of Bayou Bridge in Louisiana, the southern extension of the Dakota Access Pipeline
  • How Enbridge shaped Minnesota’s pipeline regulations

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PUC Discusses Protests After Line 3 Vote, Police Response and Sex Trafficking

Day Four of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) deliberations on Enbridge Line 3 included concerns about  possible civil disobedience after the vote, how law enforcement should respond, and plans to mitigate the sex trafficking and drug problems that can follow these large construction projects. Continue reading