Ways You Can Support Minnesota Water Protector Camps; Enbridge’s Latest Safety Problem; Island Returned to Grand Portage Anishinaabe

A group called Camps A Rising has created a website to facilitate support for water protector camps in northern Minnesota working to stop the Enbridge Line 3 — a tar sands crude oil pipeline that would threaten our state’s clean rivers and lakes as well as Anishinaabe treaty rights. According to the website, its mission is:

To support peaceful actions that will direct the fossil fuel industry toward proven renewable energy sources. We do this by distributing necessary gear and supplies to established camps of water witnesses and protectors. …

Camps A Rising comes out of the experience of the Standing Rock Water Protectors Camp. We learned that great numbers of people care about the health of our water. The success of that camp is spreading all over the country with new camps establishing coast to coast. As the movement grows, so must the logistics and funding of gear and supplies. With so many additional camps it’s essential resources are managed well.

Camps A Rising is volunteer run, and exists to aid regional Water Protector Camps by collecting and distributing supplies where needed…

The site supports camps in Minnesota and Michigan, including:

Winter is just around the corner and camps will need the cold weather supplies.

Click on the links above for more information and to donate. Remember, there is a rally and march against Line 3 set for Thursday, Sept. 28. The rally starts at the Minnesota Capitol at 4 p.m. The group will march through downtown St. Paul to the Intercontinental Hotel, 11 E. Kellogg, where the Public Utilities Commission will be taking testimony from 6-9 p.m. on Line 3’s Certificate of Need. See you there. Continue reading

A Pipeline Tour and Visit to Turtle Island Camp

A pipeline corridor with multiple pipelines passes near Bemidji High School. (Photo: Natalie Cook.)

I traveled to Bemidji last month to do my part testifying against the expansion of a tar sands oil crude pipeline through northern Minnesota. It was a good trip in many ways. For one, I and the group I traveled with got a chance to take a brief “pipeline tour,” the chance to see what pipeline corridors look like first hand. It made the debate less abstract to me. The group also traveled to Turtle Island Camp, a small camp where William Paulson and other Anishinaabe are working to reclaim their culture —  and are taking a stand against Enbridge Line 3.

Line 3 marker

Sarah Wells (Headbird) took a group of us on the pipeline tour, starting at Bemidji High School. The school is relatively new, built in 2000 well after the pipeline corridor was established. The pipeline corridor is within a few miles of downtown Bemidji. Enbridge’s plan would abandon the old Line 3 in the ground. It would install a new and larger pipeline along a new corridor that goes south of Bemidji, then east to Superior, Wisconsin, passing through the Mississippi headwaters along the way.

The main pipeline corridor through Bemidji would remain.

Wells is one of many people working to stop the expanded Line 3. “We can’t fix the past,” Wells said. “We need to build a new future.”

Those on the tour talked about the possibility of organizing a larger pipeline tour for people from the Twin Cities. An idea that is still percolating. Feedback welcome.

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