Thousands of people will gather on the White Earth Indian Reservation for the ‘largest rally yet’ against the construction of Line 3 on Monday

MAHNOMEN, Minnesota – In what could become the largest rally of water protectors since Standing Rock five years ago, thousands are expected to rally against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota on Monday. .

Treaty People Gathering organizers say up to 2,000 people from across the country are expected to gather at the White Earth Indian Reservation near Mahnomen, Minnesota, in a bid to halt ongoing construction of the project. Line 3 pipeline on tribal land. .

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More than 50 indigenous, environmental and religious groups are sponsoring Monday’s main action against the pipeline’s new construction route. Several well-known celebrities and activists are expected to address the crowd, including film star and activist Jane Fonda.

Crowds take to the shade during the gathering of Treaty Peoples on the White Earth Indian Reservation on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Photo/Darren Thompson for Native News)

The rally is expected to include speeches, rallies and coordinated acts of civil disobedience, in which organizers hope to block work on the multibillion-dollar project.

Organizers call the rally the “biggest resistance to date” against Line 3 since its last permits were granted by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in late November.

Resistance at line 3 started over a year ago. Since early December, when construction of Line 3 began, more than 250 people have been arrested.

“We have called on our relatives, friends and allies from all corners of the world to stand with us in honoring and upholding Section 6 of the US Constitution, which states that treaties are the supreme law of the land,” he said. said Dawn Goodwin, White Earth. Band of citizens of the Ojibwe tribe and founder of RISE – Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging Minnesotas, for Indigenous News Online.

“Elected officials and our regulators have failed to protect the Anishinaabeg’s guaranteed usufructuary,” Goodwin said.

The new pipeline replaces the current and aging Line 3 and would transport nearly 800,000 barrels of oil daily, nearly twice as much as the current line, of Canadian oil through northern Minnesota. The pipeline route crosses more than 200 waterways and threatens a key part of the treaties the Ojibwe 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 bring attention to this horrific and harmful project,” Jane Fonda said in a Facebook announcement. “This time I’ll also be bringing friends: Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”), Katherine Keener (“Modern Love”) and Roseanna Arquette (“Pulp Fiction”).”

The White Earth Nation, Red Lake Nation, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Minnesota Department of Commerce argued that Enbridge failed to prove there was sufficient demand for the new Line 3. The Court Minnesota appeals should render a decision. by June 21 on whether there is a long-term need for the project in the state.

“Our waters are threatened and inevitably damaged by tar sands oil,” said RISE founder Goodwin. “The CO2 that this line would put into the atmosphere would be equal to 50 coal-fired power stations.”

“Non-indigenous people live on stolen land and continue to benefit from treaties without respecting them,” states the Treaty People Gathering on its website. “It is the responsibility of non-Indigenous people to know and respect the obligations included in federal and state treaties. Treaties protect us all.

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Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is a freelance journalist based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where he also contributes to Unicorn Riot, an alternative media publication. Thompson has reported on political unrest, tribal sovereignty and Indigenous issues for the Indigenous Peoples Television Network, Indian Country Today, Native News Online, and Unicorn Riot. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Voice of America on various Indigenous issues in the international conversation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and legal studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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