Through Darren thompson
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – In what could become the largest gathering of water conservationists since Standing Rock five years ago, thousands of people are expected to rally against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota on Monday.
Organizers of the Treaty People Gathering said up to 2,000 people from across the country are expected to rally at the White Earth Indian Reservation near Mahnomen, Minnesota, in a bid to stop ongoing construction of the project to Line 3 pipeline on tribal lands. .
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More than 50 Indigenous, environmental and faith groups are sponsoring Monday’s main action against the new pipeline construction route. Several well-known celebrities and activists are expected to address the crowd, including movie star and activist Jane Fonda.
The rally is expected to include speeches, rallies and coordinated acts of civil disobedience, in which the organizer hopes to block work on the multibillion-dollar project.
Organizers are calling the rally “the greatest resistance to date” against Line 3 since its final permits were granted by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in late November.
Resistance in line 3 started over a year ago. Since the beginning of December, when the construction of line 3 began, more than 250 people have been arrested.
“We called on our relatives, friends and allies from all corners of the world to stand by our side in honoring and upholding Article 6 of the American constitution, according to which treaties are the supreme law of the land,” said Dawn Goodwin, White Earth. Tribal Citizen of the Ojibwe Band and Founder of RISE – Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging Minnesotas, in Indigenous News Online.
“Elected officials and our regulators have failed to protect the guaranteed usufructuary of the Anishinaabeg,” said Goodwin.
The new pipeline replaces the current and aging Line 3 and would transport nearly 800,000 barrels of Canadian oil every day to northern Minnesota – nearly twice as much oil as the current line. The pipeline route crosses more than 200 waterways and threatens a key part of the treaties that the Ojibway tribes of Minnesota signed with the US federal government in the 1800s.
“I am traveling to northern Minnesota to participate in a mass mobilization to call attention to this horrific and harmful project,” Jane Fonda said in a Facebook ad. “This time, I will also bring friends: Taylor Schilling (” Orange Is the New Black “), Katherine Keener (” Modern Love “) and Roseanna Arquette (” Pulp Fiction “).”
The White Earth Nation, the Red Lake Nation, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Minnesota Department of Commerce – argued that Enbridge had failed to prove that there was sufficient demand for the new Line 3. The Court Minnesota’s appeal is expected to render a decision by June 21 on whether there is a long-term need for the project in the state.
“Our waters are endangered and the inevitable damage caused by oil from the tar sands,” said Goodwin, founder of RISE. “The CO2 that this line would release into the atmosphere would be equivalent to 50 coal-fired power plants.”
“Non-natives live on stolen land and continue to benefit from treaties without honoring them,” says the Treaty People Gathering on its website. “It is the responsibility of non-natives to know and respect the obligations included in federal and state treaties. Treaties protect us all.
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