White Earth files Rights of Nature lawsuit against Minnesota DNR

Press Release

August 4, 2021

Contact:

Frank Bibeau
Plaintiff’s Attorney frankbibeau@gmail.com 218-760-1258

Thomas Linzey, Senior Counsel
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights tal@pa.net
509-474-9761

White Earth, MN: On August 4, an action was filed in the Tribal Court of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, by Manoomin (wild rice), the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and several tribal members, to stop the State of Minnesota from allowing the Enbridge corporation to use five billion gallons of water for the construction of the oil pipeline known as “Line 3.”

This is the first case brought in a tribal court to enforce the rights of nature, and the first rights of nature case brought to enforce Treaty guarantees.

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White Earth tribal member Frank Bibeau and his father ricing. Photo: Frank Bibeau

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