Violence and Resistance at the Frontlines of Climate Justice
Artist reflects on her encounter with police brutality at Enbridge Line 3 encampment
Despite months of struggle by water protectors, the tar-sands oil of Alberta, Canada is flowing through Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota. But for indigenous-led water protectors, environmental activists and concerned citizens who stood with them, the fight against the “black snake” is far from over. Instead, actions have shifted from the […]
KXL Victory Celebrations Roll Across the Great Plains
Native pipeline foes celebrate historic triumph over long-fought megaproject, shift focus to Line 3
BRIDGER, South Dakota, USA — The Keystone XL victory was sweet for Native pipeline foes in unceded Lakota treaty territory, and a month later, they were still celebrating. The historic victory over Canadian oil giant TC Energy Corp., however, did not erase the dire need of support for the ongoing effort — both here and […]
Winona LaDuke: Return to Rice Lake
Anishinaabe celebration welcomes runners honoring — and protecting — the sacred manoomin
It’s Rice Lake Village on the White Earth Reservation – at the site of the mother lode of wild rice, Lower Rice Lake. Lew Murray stands in front of the gathering — about 200 or so people.
Treaty People Gathering boosts pressure on disputed oil pipeline
Massive actions to stop Line 3 construction in Native Anishinaabe territory launch "Summer of Resistance"
BEMIDJI, Minnesota — Massive direct actions to stop Line 3 tar-sands crude-oil pipeline construction here in Native Anishinaabe ancestral territory launched a weeklong Treaty People Gathering on June 7. Attracting an estimated 2,000 participants, the occasion was “the beginning of a summer of resistance,” according to Indigenous-led groups, communities of faith, and climate justice organizations hosting it.
As temps rise, so do water protector arrests
Enbridge’s Line 3, KXL face growing Indigenous-led resistance
Construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 faces growing resistance led by Indigenous groups who see the project as a violation of treaty rights.
Keystone XL Cancellation: Honoring the Treaties?
Native pipeline fighters target Line 3, DAPL
Utterances of relief and gratitude rippled through Indian Country on Inaugural Day Jan. 20, as U.S. President Joe Biden announced an executive order revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline’s permit for construction opposed by tribes along its proposed route through unceded 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty
'Honor the Earth' vs. Enbridge Line 3 Oil Pipeline
Hundreds rally to oppose project in northern Minnesota that threatens climate, native wild rice and pristine sacred waters
“This would be like ripping out the heart of the Anishinaabe people,” said Sarah LittleRedfeather, Anishinaabe graphic designer, referring to Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement tar sands oil pipeline. “To us, that water is life. It’s a being and a spirit.”
Native pipeline foes make inroads across Northern Plains
Another day, another lawsuit, another encampment
The seeds of Standing Rock have taken root and are growing all across the northern US, as water protectors from Montana to Minnesota and many points between raise the #LandBack flag and fight back against the Keystone XL, Enbridge Line 3 and many other infrastructure pipelines that they believe, if completed, would seal our fate in a world hurling toward climate catastrophe.
'Eviction Notice' for the Black Snake
As courts let oil flow, Oyate draws on Ft. Laramie Treaty to eject 'bad men'
Inspired by the indigenous-led Black Hills #Landback demonstration here earlier this summer, the Great Plains Action Society and other non-profits began circulating an “Eviction Notice” to the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as the Keystone XL Pipeline.
DAPL Owner Appeals Shutdown Decision
Company cites billions in losses; Sioux Nations insist on environmental assessment
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nicole Ducheneaux had it right: As lead counsel on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s case to stop the oil flow of the Dakota Access Pipeline in unceded 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory, she could claim a win when a federal judge recently ordered a shutdown.
Tribes nationwide cheer DAPL shutdown
The victory represents one of a superfecta of four wins for water protectors
FT. YATES, North Dakota — Tribal leaders and constituents across Lakota Territory and elsewhere welcomed a hard-won court order on July 6 to shut off the oil flow in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) within 30 days. “Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported […]
The Condor & The Eagle: Portrait of a Movement
Reflections on colonialism, racism, pipelines and more from codirector Clement Guerra
“If taking a pen and writing a book would have been more effective than making a movie, that’s what we would have done,” said Clement Guerra, director of The Condor & The Eagle, a documentary about four indigenous women leaders in a transcontinental adventure, from the boreal forests of Canada to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, reflecting the indigenous struggle to protect land and water.
What is Greta doing next?
Swedish activist heads to LA and the largest urban oil field in the nation
Greta Thunberg’s North American tour continues this week in Los Angeles with a visit to the Youth Climate Los Angeles event at City Hall on Friday, November 1st. If you’re wondering why her attention has come to California, which has an image as being one of the most progressive and greenest states in the US, you might be surprised to learn that Los Angeles actually has the largest urban oil field in the nation.